Amusing News Aliquots
Sep19

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai and Bethany Halford. Combine a physics grad student, musical talent, video know-how, and an Einstein sock puppet, and you get an awesome “Bohemian Rhapsody” cover about string theory (withvideo). [io9] We’re going to need bigger Q-tips. Turns out whale earwax contains information about environmental contaminants. [NatGeo] This just in from Boston: Red...

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Watch the Ig Nobel Prizes Here
Sep12

Watch the Ig Nobel Prizes Here

Break out your paper airplanes. Tonight’s the big night in Cambridge, Mass., as folks from five continents gather to claim their awards “for achievements that first make people LAUGH, and then make them THINK” at the 23rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. Who will win the coveted chemistry prize? What will this year’s mini-opera be about? How often will Miss Sweetie Poo, a cute but implacable eight-year-old...

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In Print: Chemical Makeup Predicts Wealth, Mailing Poop
Sep03

In Print: Chemical Makeup Predicts Wealth, Mailing Poop

The Newscripts blog would like to be closer Internet buddies with our glossy print Newscripts column, so here we highlight what went on in last week’s issue of C&EN. Here’s a trick for appearing wealthy: Put on sunscreen. As mentioned in last week’s Newscripts column, a team of researchers at the University of Exeter, in England, has identified nine chemicals that tend to appear more often in those of higher...

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Nerd Nite Globalfest
Aug21

Nerd Nite Globalfest

(OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Esoteric Minutia) This post was written by Rick Mullin, author of the blog “The Fine Line,” business reporter for C&EN, and, apparently, a nerd. I arrived early and waited outside with the first two nerds on the scene. We sipped our coffee next to the chalkboard indicating we had come to the right place: “Nerd Nite Globalfest” at the Brooklyn Lyceum. Yes, I went to Nerd Nite Globalfest....

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In Print: Pitch Drop Experiment Tests Our Patience
Aug02

In Print: Pitch Drop Experiment Tests Our Patience

The Newscripts blog would like to be closer Internet buddies with our glossy print Newscripts column, so here we highlight what’s going on in the current issue of C&EN. They say that good things come to those who wait. This is not true for John S. Mainstone. For 52 years, the University of Queensland, Australia, professor has been hoping to one day see a drop of pitch, which is a derivative of tar, fall to Earth. And for 52 years,...

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In Print: When Zombies Help Us Escape
Jul29

In Print: When Zombies Help Us Escape

The Newscripts blog would like to be closer Internet buddies with our glossy print Newscripts column, so here we highlight what went on in last week’s issue of C&EN. Postapocalyptic films, video games, and nightmares typically involve escaping from zombies. But in the Science Museum of London’s ZombieLab exhibit, visitors were asked to help virtual zombies escape in an emergency. In turn, scientists behind the museum’s...

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