Amusing News Aliquots

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

Credit: Brian Choo

Tyrannosaurs might have been covered in feathers. They’ll still kill you, but they’ll look cute doing it. [Gizmodo] We think this story is saying that researchers accidentally improved organic LED brightness and energy efficiency with cleaning solvent. But we couldn’t get past the phrase “molecules of chlorine compounds.” [IT World] Jennifer Aniston’s got her own neuron. Isn’t it enough that she had her own hair cut and Brad Pitt? Geesh. [NPR] The world’s most sensitive scale has measured a xenon atom to the nearest yoctogram. And we thought we were sensitive about our weight. [New Scientist] First we find out Pluto’s not a planet. Now researchers say water can actually float on oil. These are troubling times. [ScienceDaily] And here’s the associated Langmuir paper. [ACS] Pornographer turns to chemistry equations for that extra bit of authenticity in a classroom scene. Still, the results indicate they probably weren’t focused on getting the science right. [Blackboards in Porn via Annals of Improbable Research]  

Author: Bethany Halford

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