Amusing News Aliquots
Silly samplings of this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai and Lauren Wolf.
Twelve year old applies Dungeons & Dragons to a psychology experiment, gets published. [Discover]
Just in time for Election Day: Researchers find that female Republicans in the House of Representatives appear more feminine than woman Democrats. [Discoblog]
Grad student proposes pelting incoming asteroids with paint balls to deflect them from a collision course with Earth, wins competition. No, we’re not joking. [Daily Mail Online]
The latest in breast cancer detection: The heat-detecting bra. [Yahoo Voices]
Study shows that dogs follow suit after watching humans yawn. And chances are we’ve now made you yawn by even mentioning it. [ABC News]
Why do elephants have only a little hair? No punchlines here. These researchers think the peach fuzz keeps the pachyderms cool. [Improbable Research]