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Amazing Science

Amazing Science

We love Science here at Ripley’s, especially when it involves amazing things like lasers, weird chemistry, and mind-blowing technology. From robots that are almost human, to a beam of sunlight that melts solid rock to the most useless machine ever made, you will find it all right here.

Issus Coleoptratus- Inventor of the Mechanical Gear

Issus Coleoptratus- Inventor of the Mechanical Gear

The Ancient Greeks Didn’t Invent Everything…
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Brewing Beer In Your Gut

Brewing Beer In Your Gut

No Occifer, I Haven’t Had a *hiccup* Drop All Day A man in Texas- let’s call him “Sam”- had a drinking problem. Now, Sam did not have your typical drinking problem. Sam’s problem was that he would get drunk out of the blue without having a single drop to drink.
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Doctors Grow Man New Nose On His Forehead

Doctors Grow Man New Nose On His Forehead

Extreme Nose Job 22-year-old Xiaolian had a horrible car accident in 2012. After developing an infection that corroded away his nose cartilage, surgeons were unable to repair his nose. Instead of giving up, his doctors decided to try a unique medical treatment. They were going to GROW Xiaolian a new […]
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Top 5 'Science Of' Blogs

Top 5 ‘Science Of’ Blogs

We’ll Miss You Science North! This summer, Ripley’s teamed up with Science North to bring you The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, a 6,000 sq ft highly interactive traveling exhibit. Each week the staff scientists of Science North guest blogged the scientific side of Ripley’s. The Science of […]
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The Science of the Three Gorges Dam

The Science of the Three Gorges Dam

Let’s Get Hydroelectric China’s Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest hydroelectric station.  It is a structure that stands as a testament to the tenacity of human ingenuity.  First envisioned in 1919 and finally completed in 2012, the dam spans the Yangtze River and measures 2.3 kilometers (1.4 miles) long […]
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The Science of Reptile Eggs

The Science of Reptile Eggs

What Came First? The Chicken or the Snake? Actually, turtles and tortoises came first. The group Testudines or Chelonii that includes all turtles and tortoises dates back to 220 million years. Crocodilians came second; they are about 98 million years old. Today, turtles and crocodilians share a very unique feature […]
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The Science of Liquid Mirror Telescopes

The Science of Liquid Mirror Telescopes

Catching Light Picture a telescope in your mind. What does it look like? Is it a long tube on a tripod? Or maybe it’s inside a big dome. There’s another kind of telescope that sounds almost too strange to be real. It’s made out of a giant spinning bowl of […]
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The Science of Blood and Elements

The Science of Blood and Elements

What Color is your blood? Think back to chemistry class. Remember the periodic table of elements? That would be the tabular arrangement of chemical elements developed by Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869, which has ever since haunted the nightmares of 11th grade chemistry students everywhere. Aside from atomic numbers, electron configuration, […]
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OstrichCopter

OstrichCopter

Do you remember the “Orvillecopter”? No? Well, let me refresh your memory…
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The Science of Brains

The Science of Brains

Do You Really Need Your Brain? One day in the late 1970’s, a student at Sheffield University walked into his doctor’s office complaining of a cold. During his appointment, the doctor noticed that the student’s head seemed slightly larger than it should be for the size of his body. Curious, […]
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