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Amusing News Aliquots

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

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Chimps that frequently throw poop have more highly developed brains, researchers say. The Newscripts gang recently saw a gorilla drink its own pee at the zoo. We’d like a grant to investigate. [Physorg.com]

Watch out seismologists. The toads know something you don’t. These critters may use chemical clues to detect earthquakes. [BBC]

You feast on turkey, but in Tennessee microbes feast upon a quarter-ton of roofing shingles, 5 tons of construction debris, some gasoline and diesel fuel, a dead deer, and an armadillo. [The Tennessean]

And we thought getting a permit for a new deck was tough. Wonder what the guy who wants to build two 10-story Tesla coils will have to show his town planning board.  [TechZwn]

Seventy-five percent of U.K.-grown oysters contain “winter vomiting bug.” Thank you, Brits, for turning “norovirus” into something more colorfully descriptive. [BBC News]

No science here, just stunning chocolate sculptures and a silly caption writer. [CNN]

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