Amusing News Aliquots

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

Credit: IBM Zurich/U. of Warwick/Royal Society of Chemistry

Tiny Olympic rings fashioned from graphene in honor of the upcoming games. Will the torch be carried by nanoputians? [Science NOW] In this video, robots dance in synchrony to “Thriller.” And, oh yeah, they sense each other’s movements through something akin to bacterial quorum sensing, blah, blah, blah. … There are DANCING ROBOTS! [Time/Techland] Kids out of school with nothing to do? Why not make your own hovercraft lawn chair? [Wired] Lizard-like reptile from New Zealand slices through its food “like a steak knife” when chewing. Yet another reason not to mess with blokes from New Zealand. [Science Daily] Hidden neon light shines behind a partition for decades, racking up $17,000 in electric bills. [LA Times] Now here’s an odd woodworking challenge: Make a lightbulb. [CNET] Taking aim at science journos across the pond, Slate proclaims, “A great garbage patch of science journalism has been forming across the Atlantic, and bits of flotsam are washing up on our shores.” [Slate] And now, what we’ve all been waiting for: Another mathematical explanation for why bubbles in a glass of Guinness sink. []  

Author: Bethany Halford

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