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Amusing News Aliquots

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

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MIT engineers devise coating to squeeze the last drops of delicious ketchup from the bottle. Now if they could just figure out a way to get rid of that annoying watery layer that always comes out first. [Brainiac]

Finally, research on why heirloom tomatoes are just better than all the others. Here comes the chemistry of volatile compounds. [Scientific American]

Attention Canadians: You may soon get to buy apples that won’t go brown after they’ve been cut. [Cnews]

To see the QR code on this glass, you’ll have to pour a pint of Guinness. [BoingBoing]

Slate takes on baby veggies – Are they the veal of the vegetable world? [Slate]

Cuttlefish are just SO unevolved. Pigments in their ink sacs haven’t changed for 160 million years. [iO9]

Top 10 newly discovered species of 2011 announced. List includes a sneezing monkey, a night-blooming orchid, and a walking cactus. [Science Daily] For coverage of 2010’s list, click here: [C&EN/Newscripts]

1 Comment

  • May 25th 201223:05
    by STEM_wonk

    A labmate of mine who interned at Heinz told me that the watery layer (that annoyingly comes out) is called the syneresis. Just wanted to add that random fact :)

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