Farewell, Newscripts blog!
Jun23

Farewell, Newscripts blog!

Dear Readers, The time has come for the Newscripts gang to bid readers of this blog adieu. We’d like to thank everyone who has visited this humble site over the years. Whether you were looking for silly samplings of science news, a bonus to our popular print column, a chemistry-themed holiday gift, or an in-depth look on what happens when you pee in the ocean, we’ve been happy to have your attention. Thanks also to everyone who has...

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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
May29

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. Photographer is the lone bidder on a Russian space flight suit, giving rise to the poignant and funny “Everyday Astronaut” series. [BuzzFeed] Doctors are beginning Sci-Fi-esque human trials of cooling trauma victims to a state of “suspended animation” to buy more time to fix wounds. [The Atlantic] Is beer taking up too...

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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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Amusing News Aliquots
May09

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. Because having Siri read you walking directions wasn’t futuristic enough, you can now get haptic footwear that while gently guide you in the direction you should walk. [Springwise] Shampoos and bodywashes may contain a carcinogen. It’s bad news for those who showered today, and good news for those looking for excuse not to....

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Loeb To Dow: You’re No LyondellBasell
May01

Loeb To Dow: You’re No LyondellBasell

In an investor letter, Daniel Loeb, who heads the hedge fund Third Point, a major Dow Chemical shareholder, gave his constructive critique of Dow’s strategy. Dow, he says, should be earning $2.5 billion more than it currently does. The letter was by no means scathing. He praised Dow’s share buyback program. He acknowledged that Dow has pledged more transparency, but he wants to see more. Specifically, he wants Dow to...

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