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10 Biological & Social Experiments With Bizarre Results

Researchers rely on experiments to prove their theoretical hypotheses, which require a substantial amount of creativity and innovativeness. The cutting-edge feats in modern technology are instrumental to both researchers and the scientific research community across the world. With this technology, scientists and researchers have access to unlimited creative ways to pursue their goals and objectives in various social and biological research studies. Science and experimentation are quirky and is bound to produce outlandish freaky and unusual results. The creepy experiments with equally weird outcome range from experiments turning people into mind reading freaks, realities that only exist when looked at, and tendency to torture helpless humans to disturbing human-robot relationships. The studies and experiments are an indication that scientists are breaking new grounds, despite the ethical standard violations along the way. This list takes a look into 10 Biological and social experiments with bizarre results around the world.

Rogue Kidneys

When you think you have seen enough from science, you are wrong because scientists keep discovering strange things across the world using science that will amaze you. Have you seen kidney cells developing brain and muscle cells? I don’t think so. Well, it happened in a laboratory experiment where scientists grow organoid miniature version of human organs. In a 2018 laboratory experiment to develop kidney organoid using stem cells that are encouraged chemically to grow into specific kidney cells, however, the chemical soup that stimulated the stem cells to grow also cracked out other organ cells.

When the scientists thought they were ready, they discovered that the kidney cells had gone rogue and developed muscle and brain cells which accounted for about 10-20% of the kidney organoid. The off-target cells meant the experiment experienced a setback. More interestingly, the kidney organoid refused to mature which is unusual as they usually grow within four weeks. Since they are used for studying diseases, the information obtained from these problematic cells would be skewed and unreliable. The scientists also suggest that further exposure to encouraging chemical soup would result in the growth of more rogue cells.[1]

Brain-Net

The Brain-Net was a successful experiment that hooked a three-way connection to allow people to share thoughts to play a Tetris style game. The network connection did not allow reading of each other’s thoughts; however, they could communicate because of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroencephalograms (EEGs). The network encompassed two senders and one receiver, the senders used the EEGs while the receiver used the TMS caps. The neuroscientist’s effort was a success and resulted in freak results where three linked individuals were able to share thoughts. The experiment involved a Tetris style game where senders played against each other but only the third person the receiver could move the blocks. The ideas and moves of the players were relayed to the third person through the use of the new technological network created by EEGs and TMS linkages. The EEG picks the signals from the senders and sent to the TMS cap that generates a magnetic field that enables the receiver to understand receivers mind to move the block. The bizarre results from the experiment could be scaled by scientists form a social network of the interfaced human brains, which would work as a web.[2]

The Milgram Experiment

The 1960 infamous series of experiments on human obedience and authority was carried out by social psychologists Sternly Milgram. The research experiment entailed participants delivering painful electrocute shocks to another helpless person, with the research goal of finding out how far humans are willing to go when commanded by a person in authority. The surprising findings indicate that over 90% of participants obeyed and were ready to go beyond the limit to electrocute the optimum pain to others. The Milgram experiment is now considered the turning point in social psychology and the science of obedience. Though most people consider themselves incapable with such acts; the 2017 polish research seeks to find out if people would abandon empathy for official approval. The experiment was revisited in 2017 in Poland where 80 participants were involved in memory experiments; they were tasked to shock learners for every mistake. The electrocutes were never real, but the learners were composed of actors, the findings indicate that 90% of the participants went through all the levers. The study suggests that society has not changed since because the experiment registers the same freaking results where people are willing to electrocute a helpless individual.[3]

The Tokyo Explosion

Science is full of crazy and bizarre experiments which have resulted in adverse outcomes. For instance, laboratory explosions result from flipping the switch in electric shocks and chemical explosions. Scientists and physics scholars for decades have been attempting to create an optionally sizeable magnetic field, with extraordinary strength — Tokyo physicists designed and built an armored room for the most robust controlled experiment laboratory conditions. The strongest MRI machine develops 3 teslas while the team targeted to create 700 teslas. The results were shocking as their device erupted with over 1,200 teslas which marked the strongest controlled magnetic field ever created. Although they were able to measure the power of the field, it blew the armored doors open when the 400 times stronger than MRI machine bend up its iron cupboard enclosure. This breakthrough meant the scientist community had solved the world power problems. The only challenge, however, is to figure out how to control the explosion.[4]

The Four-Day Week

The companies around the world are venturing into the six-day week as a way to maximumly milk the employees to their bones. The approach adopted by companies and employers across the globe makes employees dread their work environment because the firms value profits over their needs. As an attempt to change the employee mentality about the work environment, a New Zealand company Perpetual Guardian made radical trial changes where employees only needed to work for four days weeks but get paid for five days for two months. The intention was to examine whether reduced work days per week have a positive or negative impact on the business performance of the company. Though many employers consider reducing employee wo9rking hours risky, the experiment results are freakishly incredible. The experiment outcome is diverse.

First, employee stress levels fall from 45% to 38%. Second employee work-life balance improved from 58-78%. Thirdly, the leadership of the company reported that there was no change in productivity, where there was a slight increase in gross profitability of the company despite the shorter weeks. Fourthly, employee commitment was high indicating amelioration in employee relations in the company. Finally, the perpetual guardian company employees and workforce enjoyed working, unlike the extended week system. The experiment results were unusual as employees are loyal to the employer who cares for them. The New Zealand company Perpetual Guardian wants to make the change permanent because of this surprising result.[5]

Measurement Creates Reality

According to Quantum experiment, it affirms that reality does not exist until it is measured. The proposal of the physicists was perceived a weird in 1978, but in 2015, technology inventions confirmed and proved the proposal. The Australian scholar and scientist advanced the theoretical experiments from the 1970s that suggest that the quantum world have this bizarre law. The atom of helium introduced through a laser barrier as a point of measurement to assess whether the helium atom would behave like a wave or a particle. The fundamentals indicate that helium atom in nature is preexisting and measuring it should not influence its behavior. Surprisingly, the findings suggest that the molecule only decided when it encountered the laser through beams designed to scatter it. When further lasers were introduced, the atom illuminated its choice of wave-like or particle-like behavior.[6]

Goats Like Happy People

Biological Social Experiments - Goats Like Happy People

Animals are naturally known for lacking the ability to reason and think. The goats for instances are known to be happy and busy chopping on anything within their vicinity. However, research reveals that goats are smart and have unique cognitive abilities. As the 2018 experiment on 35 animals indicates, goats can fathom and tell human facial expression. The research entailed animals training where they moved to the farthest side of the pen for snacks. When two images of unfamiliar men and women to the goats in real life were tacked behind the pen, one of the images illustrated a smiling person while the other showed a grumpy frown face.

The facial pictures showed pictures moved from left to right with a female and male face were used. The findings of the experiment are mind-blowing; gender was indifference to the goats. However, the goats only sniffed at happy faces. When shifted, the goats also preference shifted to where a bright, friendly picture is moved. Previous experiments and studies on animal cognitive abilities show that dogs and horses can interpret human expressions. In this research experiment, the results suggest that the goat’s brain is designed to distinguish helpful clues demonstrated in rational facial expressions. The bizarre and unusual fact is how these creatures fathom the facial expression of a different species, as evidenced in this test experiments results.[7]

The Murdered Robot

The Hotchpots experiment in 2015 which involved a robot named HitchBOT with the ambition and dream to travel as far as possible by hitching rides with strangers across the world. The HitchBOT robot was friendly and enjoyed rides from strangers to cover the longest distance ever made by its kind in the world. For instance, it traveled for a total distance of more than 10,000 kilometers from Halifax in Canada to British Columbia and several cities in Nazi Germany. The HitchBOT decided that it intends to see all of the united states using the same approach of hitching rides from strangers.

The parents of the robot designed several principles to guide encompassing do not hitchhike because it is dangerous as hell, and the advice to bring a weapon along in hitchhiking because the hills of United States of America is full of crazy people. The goal of the experiment was to see how far human kindness would take the robot and how people intermingled with the unsupervised robot. The first adventure was traveling to San Francisco. The outcome is disastrous because HitchBOT disappeared, and his body was found in Philadelphia decapitated and ditched. The strange and freaky findings indicate that the robot killer had fun because they removed its arms and rearranged them along its decapitated body.[8]

Children Believe Misleading Robots

The Asch experiment designed in the 1950s was a social conformity test masquerading as a visual examination. It was based on asking participants aged between 7 and nine years to compare four lines and identify two that are matching lengthwise. In the 50s and period before the robots set on the scene, the results from the children were over 87%. When the experiment was repeated in 2018 with the reports voluntarily providing a wrong answer, even when the answer was obvious, the children doubted their instincts and chose to follow the robot’s response.

The influence of the robots in the current generation, the results of the experiment diminished to 75% because children are tempted to follow the robot word for word blindly. When adults were tested using the same social conformity disguise vision test, they ignored the robot. The children were adversely affected by robotic peer pressure and automation bias because of the belief that machines have a greater ability than humans.[9]

Octopuses on Ecstasy

The scientific community never cease to amaze with their bizarre tests and experiments. For instance, the Johns Hopkins University Neuroscientists sought to answer the question: what happens when one mixes two octopuses, Star Wars action figures and ecstasy? The drug flood human brains with serotonin which turn people into social cuddle buddies. Naturally, octopuses are grouchy loners where they are profoundly antisocial to their own kind. However, when induced with ecstasy, they behave like people high on the same drug, they get chummy with their peers, which is unusual.

The brain of an octopus is not in the same region as that of humans because while the human is vertebrates, octopuses belong to the invertebrate group. Perplexingly, genome scholars identify one gene which is present in both humans and the eight-tentacled creatures. The presence of SLC6A4 genetic in both species explain the development of loving and rosy outlook socially when MDMA drug is induced in their body system. Am sure you did not expect that neurological and genetic pathways in humans that bind them socially is also found in other organisms such as octopuses.[10]

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