Amusing News Aliquots

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

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The Ig Nobels are tonight! Thow a paper airplane to celebrate! [Improbable Research] And here Marc Abrahams talks about the ceremony and includes some excerpts from his new book, “This is Improbable.” [Slate] So you’ve got 1,500 ping-pong balls lying around. What do you do? Add bottled liquid nitrogen, of course. And then we’d recommend standing back. [iO9] The Golden Goose Awards: Your tax dollars hard at work. No, really. [Fox News] Brewers typically avoid plastic bottles for beer because of taste effects. Behold! The power of nanotechnology! [The Irish Sun] Ebay—it’s what keeps our nuclear arsenal up and running. [Washington Post] Out of ink in your photo printer? Why not use E. coli instead? This guy did. [iO9]

Author: Bethany Halford

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  1. Let me be the first to note the (lack of) PPE worn by Dr. Lowry and his assistants as they work the liquid nitrogen in a closed container. The slogan Explode with Plymouth University is very appropriate.

  2. Good to know someone out there is reading Aliquots, qvxb.

  3. And the gloves were right there on the table!

  4. If you click on the link to Dr. Lowry’s video on io9, the message “This video has been removed by the user” appears. There are other copies on YouTube.