Scientists Discover Unique Sex-Reversed Species With Female Penis

Scientists have discovered a new species in which the female is the individual who has the penis and the male has a vagina-like opening. According to Kazunori Yoshizawa — from Hokkaido University in Japan — these cave insects are the only documented beings in the planet with this surprising feature.


This New Hubble Pic Takes Us Halfway To The Edge Of The Universe

This is a new picture taken by the Hubble Telescope that shows us the universe in more detail than we’ve ever seen it. It’s a 14-hour exposure that shows objects at various stages and distances in cosmic history — showing tiny objects that would appear a billion times fainter if looked upon with our weak human eyes.


Floating Nuclear Reactors Might Make More Sense Than You'd Think

At a symposium held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers this week, a team of MIT engineers will present an idea that seems to tempt fate: a floating nuclear reactor, anchored out at sea, that would be immune to tsunamis and earthquakes. Is it really that crazy of a plan?


Monster Machines: The Future Of Interstellar Communication Goes 'Pew, Pew, Pew'

It’s no subspace transceiver, but this prototype communicator bound for the ISS could revolutionise how we share data over the vast expanses of solar space. It will deliver gigabit speeds through deep space.


What Happens To Peeps In A Vacuum

We’re all familiar with the classic springtime tradition of sending Peeps to their noble deaths via microwave, but that’s getting a bit old. How about a total vacuum instead?


Tiny Magnetic Robots Might One Day Work On Equally Tiny Assembly Lines

We’ve successfully engineered giant robot arms for building cars on an assembly line. But smaller mass-produced items — like electronics — still mostly rely on the nimble hands and fingers of a human. Building and controlling robots on a very small scale is still very difficult, but a company called SRI International may have found a clever solution using magnets.


Google X's Crazy Failures: Space Elevators, Hoverboards, Teleportation

We’ve all wondered excitedly about exactly what Google might be cooking up in its X lab. But now, Fast Company has taken a peek inside its workshops to found out what happens to the ideas that don’t make it off the drawing board.


How Yesterday's Drugs Became The Medicines Of Today

My sister is a witch. Or, more precisely, a Wiccan astrologer and tarot reader. Growing up as a kid who worshipped Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking, I found it hard to square her worldview with my own.


The Science Behind Making The Fastest Possible Pinewood Derby Car

You wouldn’t think that a four-wheeled car would go faster if one of its wheels didn’t touch the ground. Or if its axles were bent. Or if it was designed to grind against a wall. You would be wrong, and here’s the science to prove it.


10 Amazing Discoveries That Remain Unexplained By Science

Science is our route to understanding the world around us — but sometimes, even the sharpest minds need a while to explain the weirdest discoveries. Here are ten amazing findings that remain unexplained by science.