Amusing News Aliquots

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

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Man volunteers to be mummified by chemist for U.K. documentary. The Newscripts gang doesn’t even need to make a quirky comment here. [Yahoo News]

The Periodic Table of Videos heads Down Under to contemplate how wallaby burps and farts are environmentally friendly. [Periodic Table of Videos]

Ten science-y words coined by sci-fi writers. [io9]

A dash of salt makes everything better. Even hard drives. [Tech Crunch]

Robotic cockroach moves faster with wings. Just what we needed. [Wired Science]

Decoded DNA from the Black Death is surprisingly mundane. [NPR]

Toilet bike tours Japan on the power of animal dung. [CNN Go]

“Whether that will lead to a Grand Unified Theory of Odonata Penises, I honestly don’t know,” is just one of the great quotes in this article on a Rutgers entomologist who studies dragonfly sex. [NY Times]

Author: Lauren Wolf

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  1. OMG! What is with all the crazy UK documentaries. There was another one published a few weeks back in Science. They put a guy in a air-tight container with only plants for an oxygen source. This too for a UK documentary. As always, love your stuff.

  2. Thanks, Rebecca! A colleague of mine made a similar comment: It’s always easy to find the quirky stuff in the British news. Look for more weird details on the mummy in the print column next week.