Amusing News Aliquots
Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf.
Wait, do you mean buttercups DON’T make your chin glow yellow because you like butter? We’re so disillusioned. [U of Cambridge]
Man with metal detector finds Vikings’ hidden hoard of silver. Perhaps he should have been tipped off by the name of the town where it was found: Silverdale. [Guardian]
What will they think of next? Xylitol, the chewing gum compound, now keeps feet cool in bike shoes. [Gizmodo]
In news that will make pigs everywhere take cover, flying squirrels can root out truffles. [Annals of Improbable Research]
Sweet synthesis turns ribose into cocaine. [Org. Lett. via Synthetic Remarks]
Does sniffing lavender help heal wounds? No. Does distant prayer treat AIDS? Nope. The government has spent $1.4 billion of your tax dollars to assess these and other alternative medicinal approaches. [LA Times]
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