Amusing News Aliquots
Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Lauren Wolf.
From Snooki saying that the ocean is salty because of whale sperm to Michelle Bachmann explaining that an HPV vaccine caused mental retardation, the worst “scientific” claims of 2011. [Huffington Post]
So there’s this abandoned atomic energy plant just taking up space in Germany. What to do, what to do? Of course! Turn it into an amusement park. Duh. [Wired] (HT to Jyllian Kemsley for pointing to this tidbit.)
You’re gonna need to sit down for this: the Egyptian pyramids were likely NOT made by aliens. Materials scientists are on the case. [iO9]
The science of eating boogers. [BoingBoing]
Scientists report that elephants have five toes rather than six, ending the long debate. The Newscripts gang sure is glad that’s all cleared up. [Mirror]
Ever wanted to look through someone’s brain a layer at a time? Don’t we all? Well, look no further. [iO9]