Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. First it beats you at rock, paper, scissors, then it takes over the world. Robot can read a person “like a dumb, fleshy book” and win every time. [iO9] If the bar scene and online dating aren’t helping you find the love of your life, this article suggests submitting a stinky T-shirt to a pheromone party. [USA Today] To fund colonization of Mars, Dutch firm suggests it will stage a “Big Brother”-like reality show following the first astronauts it sends there. Earth rejoices at opportunity to offload entire lot of Kardashians. [Space.com] What do Michael Jackson, Hedy Lamar, and the comedian Gallagher all have in common? Patents on file with the USPTO. [Wired] Presented without comment: Men’s far infrared magnetic underwear. [Annals of Improbable Research] This story gives new meaning to never taking candy from a stranger: peppermint lozenges accidently filled with arsenic in the 1800s. [iO9]  

Author: Lauren Wolf

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  1. Great post! Now, thanks to you and The Strawberry Alarm Clock, I have the line “Patents and peppermints, chemistry sublime” going through my head.