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Amusing News Aliquots

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

Doc Ock: Ahead of his time. Credit Flicker user Chris O'B

Scientists developing robotic octopus arm. Doc Ock is all like, “That is so yesterday.” [GizMag]

From the Who Funds This Stuff? file, mathematicians determine the formula for perfect toast. [Daily Mail]

Slate again tackles a question that’s been on the Newscripts gang’s collective mind: Why do dogs rub up against things that smell bad? [Slate]

Robert Ettinger, father of cryonics, has passed away. His body has been frozen, to be thawed at a later date, when he will say, “Told you so.” [Telegraph]

Silent but deadly. Methane gets the blame for mass extinction two hundred million years ago. [NY Times]

Rashes, blisters, and swelling are nothing to snicker at – unless they come from the ridiculously named poodle-dog bush. [LA Times]

Surely, we’re not joking: A cartoon/comic biography has been released about famous physicist Richard Feynman. [NPR]

This story really makes our blood boil. [NPR]

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