Silly samplings from this week’s science news. Compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf.
Ever thought it might be fun to eat a chocolate replica of your own brain? This guy did. + video [Instructables]
When dropped on the floor, dry foods such as biscuits pick up less bacteria than hydrated foods such as pasta. So the 10,000-second rule applies to that piece of popcorn you’ve been stashing under the couch. [LA Weekly]
And you thought you had it tough as a graduate student. Just imagine what life was like back in 1983 for the folks who characterized the odorous components of swine manure. [Discoblog]
Things to ask Santa for: A vending machine that distributes gloves, chemicals, and NMR tubes. [Chemistry Blog]
Highway engineers meet your new bosses: Slime mold could have designed America’s interstate system. [NY Times]
Hooray for science. Brain implant allows paralyzed woman to move a robotic arm with her thoughts. [Guardian]
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