Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news. Compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf.

Credit: PLoS One

Today in cute: A chameleon so tiny it can perch on the head of a match. [MSNBC] In addition to hiding you from Professor Snape, that invisibility cloak you’ve been waiting for might also protect Hogwarts from earthquakes. [Discover] Butterfly wing + carbon nanotubes = temperature sensor. Of course it does. [Physics World] World’s oldest can of lard found in the pantry of a retired chemist. Authorities say it’s still edible. Newscripts gang says it’s disgusting. [World Records Academy] Has A.P. chemistry gone soft? Or just soft drinks? Wisconsin high schoolers use their lab time to make a new soda (Bonus: confusing headline that made us think they were preparing the drink for bears). [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel] Computational chemists adapt Google algorithm that ranks relevancy of webpages to instead rank likely arrangements of molecules. Bing and Ask Jeeves sadz to be left out. [Gizmodo] File this under “How does this research get funded?”: Being buzzed, but not officially drunk, makes you better at word association, new study finds. [Gizmodo] Kudos to Richard Fausset, who found a science story in Mardi Gras beads. [LA Times]        

Author: Bethany Halford

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