9 Most Scary And Creepiest Experiments Conducted In Name Of Science That Will Scare The Hell Out Of You
Scientific development has been mankind's greatest achievement. We have gone to the moon, cured disease, made cars, harnessed energy and created means of communication that overcome distance. Science has helped the human body and mind too with its incredible developments.The progress of science is crucial to civilization, it has made us what we are as a species and given us knowledge of things far greater than us.
That said, science as a tool has been in the hands of man, its master. People over the ages, and in particular over the past century, have exploited the greatness of science to seek out and satisfy their own twisted and terrifying goals. What do you suppose happens when science gets into the wrong hands? How would science and technology as we know it be misused if it were in the hands of Nazism, or a racist agenda, or even psychological questioning that is unethical?
#9 Demon Core
The Demon Core was the code name for a small spherical mass of the highly unstable compound Plutonium. It was housed in a laboratory in Los Angeles and weighed a mere 3.5 ounces. While small, its destructive capacity was infinite. It was a key component of the later developed atomic bomb. While it was experimented on in Los Angeles in the 1940's, the core turned super critical on two separate occasions, killing the scientists in the room.
In August of 1945, the core turned critical and emitted a burst of neutron radiation. This caused an instant and acute radiation poisoning to the scientist Dr. Harry Daghlian, resulting in his death. He was experimenting with the core alone when a slight mishap caused him to drop the sphere. This killed him almost instantly. For the weapons manufacturing community, this was considered a breakthrough and the neutron radiation along with the core were later used in the first atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
#8 21 Gram Soul Theory
American physician Dr. Duncan MacDougall believed both that the soul exists and that it has a mass. He went on to conduct an experiment that measured the weight of the soul. In 1901, he placed 6 critically ill patients who were just about to die on a Fairbanks weighing scale to record their weight before and just after death. To verify and prove the calculations, there were 6 other doctors present in the room, all of whom recorded the two weights as well.
The first patient was measured before and after his death. It was calculations based on this patient that Dr. MacDougall thought most precise. All the patients were victims of Tuberculosis who were dying in an old age home. As soon as the first patient died, the scales dipped and there was a clear loss in weight. This was measured 3/4th of an ounce or 21 grams. The doctor declared this 21 grams to be the weight of the soul.
#7 MK Ultra
MK Ultra was the code name for a series of classified CIA experiments conducted on humans. These humans were forcefully administered large doses of LSD and other hard narcotics to record the effects, in an attempt to control the minds of the patients. These experiments were conducted to create weapons of mind control against enemies of the United States. The operation was hidden from the public and highly illegal.
To camouflage their activities, they used prostitutes and asked them to inject unwilling participants with high doses of LSD to see its effects. The project was code named Midnight Climax, a strangely fitting name. The CIA Mind Control Program, as it was also sometimes called, was conducted to create a weapon for interrogation and torture. It was to see if a candidate could be mentally controlled and made to give away secrets when under heavy doses of this potent drug.
#6 Dead Dog Experiments
In this modern day tale of Frankenstein, we witness experiments to revive the dead conducted by Dr. Robert Cornish. This child prodigy conducted experiments in 1934. He perfected his method by bringing two dogs back to life using a method called teetering. He used a seesaw to cause blood flow into two bodies. He was successfully able to revive two dogs in 1934 and 1935. Had he been allowed to continue, this would have changed the world.
He injected the two dogs he was able to revive with a mixture of anticoagulants and adrenaline. His main motive at working on dogs was to perfect the method so he could move on to human trials. An inmate at the San Quentin prison had even agreed to donate his body for the experiment. Had Cornish been able to test on humans, we would have been one step closer to the goal of immortality. Unfortunately the law enforcement refused to grant him approval to further his research.
#5 THN1412 Drug Trial
In 2007, researchers attempted to develop a drug to treat Leukemia. They named the drug THM 1412. Several clinical trials were conducted on animals, and the success rate was high. Encouraged, the researchers moved on to human test subjects. Unfortunately, the results of that transition were not as encouraging as hoped.
The human test subjects were given a dosage that was 500 times lower than the safe dosage for animals. For unforeseen reasons, though the drug was safe when used on animals, was extremely dangerous for their human counterparts. THN 1412 led to multiple organ failure in most of its human subjects, leading to loss of life. Unfortunately, the promising experimentation had disastrous results.
#4 Stanford Prison Experiment
One of the most disturbing scientific experiments recorded in human history was the Stanford Prisoner Experiment. Philip Zimbardo, a psychology professor, assigned the roles of prisoners and guards to 24 male students and studied the subjects for 7-14 days.
The observations were unexpected - prisoners were abused by guards and even abused fellow prisoners when possible. Zimbardo too was affected after allowing the abuse to continue despite being responsible for supervising the experiment. After six days, the experiment was ended, one in which both the subjects and experimenter were affected by the abuse of power.
#3 Nazi Experiments
The Nazi regime is infamous for documenting many vile and inhuman experiments on people. Dr. Josef Mengele,a Nazi doctor and race-purist, conducted most of these. He injected dyes into the eyes of twins, transplanted bone, nerves and other body parts from one subject to another,starved people for dyes to study the effects of cold and hunger.
The concentration camps of Auschwitz and Ravensbruck were the playing grounds for his atrocities, conducted under the guise of science. Unfortunately, a lot of current day knowledge about hypothermia and the effects of poisonous gases can be attributed to Mengele's experiments.
#2 Unit 731
During World War II,the biological and chemical warfare unit of the Japanese Army conducted inhuman research on prisoners from Kempeitai area in China.
Medical officer of unit 731, Shiro Ishii subjected the prisoners to vivisection without anesthesia, rape and forced pregnancy to study the effect of syphilis and other weapons.
Experiments with chemical and biological warfare were conducted on prisoners. Tragically, the main culprit, Shiro Ishii was granted immunity for his collected data and observations. He was never tried or sentenced for his horrific crimes.
#1 The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
From 1932-1972, U.S. Public Health Service conducted a clinical study to understand the progression of untreated syphilis. This Tuskegee Syphilis experiment involved rural African-American men in Alabama being injected with the disease in order to be studied, who were not told about the experiment and instead lured in by the claim of free healthcare.
600 men participated in the study and 399 of them had previously contracted the disease while 201 were healthy. This study was surrounded by ethical controversy - the researchers deliberately did not treat their subjects even with a cure at hand (penicillin). This subject led to the important regulation of necessary disclosure of all facts to the participating subjects of a clinical study.
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