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Amusing News Aliquots

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

Credit: Lim Saw Sing/Infineon Technologies

“It looks uncannily like a saucy beach scene with dozens of cavorting couples,” but really it’s “a polyimide surface after exposure to reactive ion etching and sputter coating.” Check out this and other winning entries in IEEE’s electron microscope photography competition. [Short List] & [IEEE Spectrum]

That Tauntaun sleeping bag’s not as warm as you thought: According to Newton’s Law of Cooling, Luke wouldn’t have lasted very long inside. This guy does the math. [iO9]

“Greener” bullets. They still kill people, but they no longer leach lead. [BBC News]

Marc Abrahams, of Ig Nobel Prize fame, is coming out with a book in September. Sign us up for a gazillion copies, please. [Improbable Research]

Sarcasm is tough to convey via email. Ya think? [Discoblog]

Is your labmate really crazy? Or just trying to distract you long enough to steal your glassware? Here are some pointers to help you tell. [Slate]

1 Comment

  • Aug 9th 201209:08
    by Chemjobber

    Wow. That EM picture is the world’s naughtiest Rorschach test.

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