Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf.
It would take 100 million Yodas to power the world. Done the math, this guy has. [What If?]
When you work at CERN, you might be discovering the Higgs Boson or you might be dodging modern dancers who climb the library’s bookshelves. [Guardian]
Putting your best face forward: Some folks analyze pictures of academics on their homepages to see “what these pictures reveal about the way academics see themselves.” [PLoSOne via Annals of Improbable Research]
Did you know that there’s a horse fly named after Beyonce? 10 species named after celebrities. [BBC News]
In recent years gold has become all the rage in catalysis. But let’s consider the more important scientific issue: How much of the stuff can you eat? (Also, we’ve never before heard of the $666 “Douche Burger” in which lobster, caviar, truffles, and a beef patty are wrapped in six sheets of gold leaf.) [Slate]
Harvard engineers set to spray sulfate aerosols from a balloon to see whether they can reflect the sun, cool down Earth. Hmm, doesn’t this sound like a movie experiment that almost inevitably goes awry? [Guardian]
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