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Amusing News Aliquots

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

Credit: Flickr user Fringer

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]

5 Comments

  • Sep 20th 201211:09
    by qvxb

    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.

  • Sep 20th 201211:09
    by Bethany Halford

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

  • Sep 21st 201207:09
    by ameyring

    And the gloves were right there on the table!

  • Sep 24th 201211:09
    by qvxb

    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.

  • Sep 28th 201208:09
    by Lauren Wolf

    Thanks for pointing this out, @qvxb. Seems this link is still working, if folks are interested and want to comment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dRJ7fyH_nk

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