The 5 Scariest Experiments That Scientists Are Working on Right Now

Scientists -- with their flesh-eating robots and whatnot -- are always out to get us. Popular Science turns up the fear factor by telling us about five experiments and projects currently underway that (if exaggerated and misunderstood) could destroy human civilization. One example is a "love drug" that could strongly influence the way someone feels about another:

In 2005, researchers in Switzerland gave 29 test subjects a sniff of the neuropeptide oxytocin, a.k.a. the “love drug,” known to play a role in developing trust and social attachment in mammals, before having them play a financial investment game. The result? Almost half of the trust-primed oxy sniffers handed all their francs to an anonymous partner. Now insiders say the military may be in the process of weaponizing oxytocin and similar compounds.

WHY, GOD, WHY? Lead researcher Michael Kosfeld, who conducted the study at the University of Zurich, says the true value of oxytocin may be in treating people with social-anxiety disorder or to help relieve some symptoms of autism and Asperger’s syndrome. But Jonathan Moreno, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the book Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense, believes such a drug could find a place in facilitating interrogations and negotiations, or in ending armed conflicts.

Now let's go burn down the observatory so this will never happen again! | Image: NASA

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"Why God, Why?" Seriously? This is the sort of format I'd expect from a Cracked top 5 list, served with a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek.

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