Amusing News Aliquots

Some silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Lauren Wolf and Bethany Halford

Maple bacon sundae. Credit: Flickr/theimpulsivebuy

Woman nabbed at Denny’s for trying to sell rock. Moon rock, that is. Whether rock is actually from space and whether Denny’s maple bacon sundae is edible remain to be seen. [LATimes] X-ray computed tomography gives scientists glimpse of the face of a 49 million-year-old spider caught in amber. Arachnophobes take note: This beastie could grow up to a foot across from leg to leg. [LiveScience] Smell that? Scientists think that mammals' developing olfactory senses led to bigger brains 190 million years ago, when mammals were mostly cute, paperclip-sized rodents. [iO9] Camels are the new cane toad … [Discoblog] … Perhaps the Aussies might consider using these hump-backed pests for cosmetic purposes. Their urine can apparently be used as an ingredient in shampoo, lotion, and ointment. [AIR blog] How bugs get their bling-y beauty. [WaPo] What’s better than beer? Space beer, of course. It eliminates all those pesky wet burps … [C&EN] … And it’s now available for taste-testing in Australian pubs. []

Author: Bethany Halford

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  1. What the LA Times doesn’t note in that the rock was, indeed, found in her order of Moons over MiHammy.

  2. Ooh, I like “aliquots” – a great feature.

    As a pharmacologist, your mention of cane toads first brought to mind the practice of licking them (really) for hallucinogenic purposes due to the tryptamines they make and secrete. Hence, I feared that I was going to be reading about camel licking. Thankfully, the post was only about the rotting carcasses of water-seeking camels. Quite a relief (not really).