Amusing News Aliquots

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

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Turns out the moon isn’t really made of cheese. It’s made of nanoparticles. [Nanowerk]

Well, don’t we feel like old underachievers. One Swedish 10 year old solves a puzzle about approximants, which are related to quasicrystals. Plus he has an awesome name: Linus Hovmöller Zou. [New Scientist]

Live stem cells recovered from a 17-day-old corpse. Horror filmmakers, start your engines. [iO9]

With all the solvents we sniffed in grad school, the Newscripts gang would probably make terrible “O”s in GC-O analysis. Still, this summary of the subject and how it helps scientists understand why certain odors make food yummy is nifty. [PopSci]

New study says tight pants lower sperm count. Future hipster population in major danger, Will Robinson. [Gizmodo]

Computer scientists building an automated country music generator based on algorithmic methods. Why, God, why???????????? [Improbable Research]

When, oh when, can we put the water jet cutter on our Amazon wish lists? [Discoblog]

Author: Lauren Wolf

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