Amusing News Aliquots

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

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Did you know there's something called The Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis? Did you also know that it published a paper showing that transparent windows on envelopes don't encourage people to respond to mail surveys more frequently? Sigh. [Improbable Research] Chemists get called out for naughty names. [Geeks Are Sexy] African students come up with a urine-powered generator. Yes, there are many jokes to be made here, but post-Sandy, they seem too soon. [The Register] Whey—it’s come a long way since Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet. [NPR] Use this tidbit to strike up conversation at your next party: Of all the people who ever lived, only 6.5% of them are alive now. Chicks will flock to you. [Huff Post] Stanford scientist says human intelligence peaked 2,000 years ago, and we're all on a downhill slide from there. And on to the good news: There's now a show on TV called "LOLwork." [iO9] Alternative careers for PhDs in Malaysia. [Improbable Research]

Author: Lauren Wolf

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