science: March 2011 Archives

275x250.jpgA quite frankly terrifying one-in-five Brits think that the lightsabers used in the Star Wars movies really exist, it has been found.

In a bid to discover just how blurred the line has become between science and fiction the people behind Birmingham Science City decided to conduct a poll.

It was discovered that not only do a fifth of adults believe light sabres exist, but 24% think teleportation technology already exists too.

40% said they were under the impression Back to the Future hover boards exist and half think your memory can be erased like in Men in Black.

The survey also asked people what inventions they would most like to see created. Men wanted time machines or teleportation with women opted for a universal cure for all diseases.

275x250.jpgResearchers say a spider venom which can cause four-hour long erections could help develop treatments for erectile dysfunction.

Scientists say a single bite from the Brazilian wandering spider can have the side-effect of causing long-lasting erections in victims.

A team from the Medical College of Georgia say the venom from the spider - also known as armed spider, banana spider or Phoneutria nigriventer - is a rich mixture of several molecules.

And tests on "erection-challenged rats" found that the venom gave then a much needed boost - a side-effect which has also been observed in bitten humans.

However before you buy a Brazilian wandering spider to keep in your bedside table, it's worht noting other side effects include severe pain, difficulty breathing and possibly death.

275x250.jpgA NASA astrobiologist claims to have found evidence of alien worms inside meteorites discovered from the depths of space.

Dr Richard Hoover says he has discovered microscopic fossils of worm-like bacteria inside three meteorites which landed on Earth.

In research published in the Journal of Cosmology, he claims this proves that life must be widespread in the universe and that we are not alone.

The fossilised space worms are said to have been found in a rare class of meteorite called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites - of which only nine are known to exist on Earth.

Hoover believes his find suggests life on earth could have been seeded by meteors and comets - critics claim the fossils were contaminated after they landed.

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