Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news. Compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf.

E. Coli/Photograph by Luke Jerram

And you thought your rotovap condenser was cool. Check out Luke Jerram’s blown glass microbes. [Glass Microbiology] Scientists one step closer to sharks that can shoot frickin’ laser beams out of their eyes. Researchers at Harvard produce the first “living” laser from a single cell. [BBC] The 20th century way to herd cattle: Horses. The 21st century way: Hoverbikes. [Hover-bike] Male cleaner fish punish their female partners for eating too much. Rather than wanting the ladies to maintain their girlish figures, the males want them to stay, well, female. [Live Science] Graduation goes green. Caltech grads don caps and gowns made from recycled bottles. [LA Times] Compound in waxy monkey leaf frog’s skin could stop tumor growth. Although this is interesting news, the Newscripts gang just likes saying “waxy monkey leaf frog.” [EITB]

Author: Bethany Halford

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  1. Wow, that guy with the E. Coli could really give Dale Chihuly a run for his money.

  2. Melody, I agree! I love Chihuly, but I’ve never seen anything like this before–so beautiful and scientifically detailed.

  3. Waxy monkey leaf frog! Waxy monkey leaf frog!

  4. That’s the spirit, See Arr Oh!