Amusing News Aliquots

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

Credit: Flickr user thriol.

For pigeon-free statues, lace your bronze with arsenic. [Guardian] Fracture putty: Like silly putty with healing powers. OK, not like silly putty at all, to be honest. [] A monkey and a man walk into an fMRI machine. Then they watch a Clint Eastwood western. Punchline: Brain regions that do the same job in monkeys and men aren’t always in the same spot in the skull. [PopSci] Whoopsie! I was trying to make graphene but ended up making the world’s thinnest pane of glass. [Science Now] Chemists use NMR to track the progress of the coffee-roasting process. Does this mean Starbucks will be hiring NMR spectroscopists? [J. Ag. Food Chem.] Man arrested last year for trying to split the atom in his kitchen has collection of chemical elements in his bedroom. Mentions nonchalantly to reporter: "This thallium is very, very poisonous. If you get it on your fingers, you can die." We feel safe now. [Guardian] Want to know if that pop tune you’re penning in your spare time will be a hit? There’s an app for that. [LA Times]

Author: Lauren Wolf

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