15 Most Frightening Experiments Since the Beginning of Time

Posted on Apr 18, 2016

Scientific experiments are conducted to improve everyone's lives, but some of them have strayed from that path...

1. Emma Eckstein's Case

Emma Eckstein's Case
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Emma Eckstein was one of Dr. Sigmund Freud's patients, whom he diagnosed with excessive masturbation and hysteria. His friend and colleague Willhelm Fleis performed a nasal surgery on her but ended up disfiguring her, as well as the other women who suffered from the same symptoms.

2. Self-Developing Robots

Self-Developing Robots
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Simple robots were given a "life" span of two minutes and were programmed to "evolve" and self-develop, which they essentially did, learning to communicate, avoid holes in the ground and cooperate. Is this the beginning of a Terminator-like scenario?

3. Time Travel

Time Travel
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Ronald Mallett's research is based on developing a time traveling machine that could take us back to the time. The only thing is the furthest point in the past it could take us is the time it was created. Now we'll have to go back!

4. Pit of Despair

Pit of Despair
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Harry Harlow's research was based on inducing depression in macaque monkeys by taking them away from their mothers, putting them in isolated dark cages and waiting for them to go haywire.

5. Stanford Prison Experiment

Stanford Prison Experiment
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Philip Zimbardo's psychological experiment was conducted in the 1970s, and it involved 24 university students in roles of either prisoners or prison guards. The experiment was supposed to have lasted for 14 days, but lasted only 6, because "guards" became sadistic and caused emotional trauma to "prisoners."

6. LHC

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The Large Hadron Collider is the world's largest particle accelerator, with the ability to launch quarks at insane speeds. However, there is a possibility for it to spontaneously create a black hole that could devour us all.


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The Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot is a robot with the ability to fuel itself by devouring biomass. While it's strictly vegan, it still has the potential to eat all of our forests.

8. The Demon Core

The Demon Core
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This sphere of plutonium was involved in an accident that caused the death of a scientist working on it. A screwdriver fell in the core, causing a radioactive reaction that killed the scientist after he saved seven people.

9. Optogenetics

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Optogenetics is a system of neuron control. This is achieved by turning them on and off using differently colored lights. This was already used on rodents to control their behavior.

10. The Tuskegee Experiment

The Tuskegee Experiment
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The experiment started in 1932, and its goal was to study the effects of syphilis on 400 unknowing and illiterate African-American men.

11. Two-Heads Are Better Than One

Two-Heads Are Better Than One
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A propaganda movie from the 1940s shows Soviet scientists performing experiments of keeping severed heads of dogs alive using a heart-lung machine. However, this could be a fabrication.

12. RFID

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Since 1998, there have been cases of some US employers microchipping their employees to monitor their movements. The world is slowly becoming Orwellian.

13. Bodily Regeneration

Bodily Regeneration
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A particular powder derived from dried pig organs was discovered to have regenerative properties at the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine of the University of Pittsburgh.

14. Brain Swap!

Brain Swap!
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It's been discovered that mice can be used to grow human brain cells if their embryos are injected with human stem cells at the Salk Institute in La Jolla. That would mean that there's a possibility of having rodents with human intelligence.

15. Playing God

Playing God
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DARPA is known to have funded Nexia Biotechnologies to cross goat's and spider's DNA, giving goat milk protein from spider silk. The genetically modified milk contains durable biosteel polymers for the use in technological development.
15 Most Frightening Experiments Since the Beginning of Time
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