Weirdest scientific discoveries of 2021 – including brain blob that 'grew eyes'

THIS year has been full of scientific discoveries but some were far weirder than others.

From a part-human, part-monkey embryo to a brain blow that grew eyes, we've rounded up some of the weirdest science moments of 2021.

First part-human, part-monkey embryo

Back in April it was announced that the first part-human, part-monkey embryo had been created by scientists in California despite ethical concerns.

Researchers grew human stem cells in monkey embryos to try and better understand how the cells communicate.

The controversial embryos were made at the Salk Institute in California.

They're scientifically known as monkey-human chimeras.

Human stem cells, known for the ability to become different types of cells, were injected into macaque embryos in a petri dish.

The scientists hope their work could be used to create organs for transplants and teach us more about human development and disease progression.

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Pigs can play video games

This pig was taught how to play a video game

It was revealed in February that pigs can learn to play video games.

Four pigs called Hamlet, Omelette, Ebony and Ivory were trained to play a game using a joystick and were rewarded with food.

The researchers wrote in their scientific paper: "These results indicate that despite dexterity and visual constraints, pigs have the capacity to acquire a joystick-operated video-game task."

Brain blob that 'grew eyes'

Back in August, a blob of human brain cells was coaxed into growing basic eyes.

The eye structures responded to light and were made up of similar tissues to what we have in our own eyes.

It's hoped the stem cell work could one day lead to a treatment for blindness.

Lost 'golden city'

Back in April, archaeologists announced an Ancient Egyptian city had been uncovered after 3,000 years.

Experts hailed it the most "important discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun".

The 'Golden City of Luxor' became the “the largest” ancient city ever found in Egypt.

Famous Egyptologist Zahi Hawass announced that the city had been discovered near Luxor, home of the Valley of the Kings.

As well as the the city streets and evidence of buildings, lots of artefacts and even skeletal remains have been discovered.

The 'Golden City of Luxor' was mentioned in ancient texts, which led many experts to try and search for it over the years.

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The 'world's first' cyber brothel says it's seen a surge in clientele during the pandemic.

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