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13 Scientific Facts That Will Amaze You

Next year, the very first bionic eye will be implanted in a human.

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1. An exoskeleton is being developed that can be operated with mind control. / Via

The participant in the picture is moving the exoskeleton with his upper body weight, but a version where the user would wear an EEG cap and the exoskeleton would respond to electrical signals through the cap is currently sensitive enough to differentiate between directions.

3. Natural Viagra exists, but we wouldn't recommend trying it.

The Brazilian wandering spider is one of the most venomous spiders in the world, but its fangs haven't evolved to attack mammals — so instead of killing you, a bite will cause a very painful and long-lasting erection.


4. In 2014 the first human trial of a bionic eye could give the blind extra mobility. / Via

Researchers from Monash University in Australia explain that a combination of the eyepiece and an implanted chip in the brain will give the user a low-resolution outline of objects. It's meant to help the completely blind achieve more independence in their day-to-day lives.

7. Dolphins understand not only a complex vocabulary but also syntax, basic rules of word order for sentence formation. / Via

Scientists use a modified version of American Sign Language to communicate with them, and dolphins use a paddle system to respond to their queries.


12. The Western painted turtle can survive under a frozen pond for the whole of winter. / Via

The same regulatory pathways that allow turtles to do this exist in humans, and scientists think further study of the turtle can illuminate therapeutic targets for hypoxia-induced tissue damage in victims of heart attacks or stroke.

13. This is a 3-D printed ear with actual electrical components to allow auditory processing for deaf people. / Via

It's the very first step toward printing or manufacturing biological flesh-based organs that behave and operate in the same way as the real thing.