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Amusing News Aliquots

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

So dreamy. Credit: flickr user tutankamircea

Not to be outdone by Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, dreamy Brit and 2011 Academy Award-winning Best Actor, coauthors a neuroscience paper in Current Biology. [Black Book]

IUPAC gives its blessing to elements 114 and 116. [Cosmic Log]

Club-goers enjoy themselves more when the dancefloor doesn’t smell like feet. Captain Obvious agrees. [Live Science]

From Dr. Strangelove to Dr. Honeydew: Check out this slide show of Hollywood’s 20 best mad scientists. [Guardian]

Who needs mood rings and Hypercolor shirts? Ph.D. student invents temperature-sensitive bandage material that monitors healing with color changes. [Fresh Science]

We all know liquid nitrogen makes great ice cream, but can it make your burger better too? [NYTimes]

Patent for inflatable device to scare away bears, complete with musky odors and projectiles, comes to light. Newscripts gang can’t believe it’s not on the market yet. [Guardian]

Not sure how this got into our science news feed, but apparently deer prefer to do their banking at the counter rather than at the ATM. [WashPo]

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