Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Bethany Halford, Lauren Wolf, and Sophia Cai.
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]
Alternative careers for PhDs in Malaysia. [Improbable Research]
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