Amusing News Aliquots

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

Credit: flickr user Martin Heigan

If you give red roses for love and daisies signify innocence, one shudders to think what the terrifying blooms of the Hydnora Africana represent. [io9] Scientists construct world’s biggest shake table for earthquake testing. Place five-story building, complete with two floors of mock hospital, on top. [U-T San Diego] We want this guy on our side: Scientist uses physics-based explanation to get out of traffic ticket, then writes paper about it. [Wired] Pass the buckyball-flavored ice cream: Eating C60 might, in the future, extend your lifespan. And, no, we’re not joking. [io9] These fish glow fluorescent green when exposed to estrogenic pollutants. We hear they’re great for river-cruise parties. [ScienceDaily] Fellas, want to look taller and more muscular? Apparently, you simply need to be holding a gun. [LA Times] When humans are gone from the face of the Earth, will our shoes still wash up on shores? [NPR]

Author: Bethany Halford

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