Amusing News Aliquots
Jun13

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings of this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai and Jeff Huber. This week, the world’s oldest cat, Poppy, passed away at the age of 24. Family and friends of the feline say that Poppy will miss doing her favorite pastime: not dying. [ABC News] Researchers report last month that sleep deprivation is often the result of “bedtime procrastination.” The research team said that they had hoped to release...

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Amusing News Aliquots
May16

Amusing News Aliquots

A cat named Tara will throw out the first pitch at a class-A baseball game next week in California. Tara says she can’t wait to approach the center of the infield and stand atop its giant litter box. [The Independent] Maine marriages improve as margarine consumption decreases, and other reminders that correlation does not mean causation. [Spurious Correlations] This week Dorothy Hodgkin received what is arguably the 21st...

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Flame Challenge’s Competitive Field Narrows
Apr30

Flame Challenge’s Competitive Field Narrows

Yesterday, the Flame Challenge announced via Twitter their finalists for this year’s contest to answer the question “What is color?” And science enthusiasts everywhere are tickled pink. The Flame Challenge is an annual competition sponsored by Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. As the center’s name suggests, the purpose of the Flame Challenge is to improve science...

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Amusing News Aliquots
Apr25

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. If you’re going to catch an 800-lb shark and hope to keep it quiet, best to have a full tank of gas. [Grind TV] The powdered alcohol saga continues to confuse the Newscripts gang. [Time] It took thousands of years of chopping to design this physics-exploiting, high-tech wood ax. How many more before we don’t have to manually chop...

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Amusing News Aliquots
Apr03

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. Stray baby elephant wanders into living room, gets a snack. The Newscripts gang would like a baby elephant, please. [io9] Scientists at England’s University of Leicester have run the numbers and determined that Noah’s ark could have held 70,000 animals. Stay tuned to future studies from the group, including “How...

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