Amusing News Aliquots

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

Credit: Royal Canadian Mint

New Canadian quarter features glow-in-the-dark dinosaur bones. The bad news: each quarter costs $29.95 [Geekosystem] Speaking of dinos, Ronald Breslow, distinguished chemist, thinks there may be super smart dinosaurs in space. [Smithsonian] (UPDATE: We should have noted that this news item references a JACS paper here.) The wounds of some Civil War soldiers glowed in the dark … via an infection of bioluminescent bacteria. And we thought the wounds were bad enough. [Mental_Floss] What to do when the dog eats your science experiment? Write a paper about it, naturally. [Annals of Improbable Research] Scottish whiskey distillery sent unmatured malt to the International Space Station for testing near zero gravity. When questioned about results, hiccupping astronauts say the samples mysteriously disappeared. [BBC News] In Ethiopia, hyenas observe Lent too. [Discoblog]

Author: Lauren Wolf

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