Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf.   Catfish feasts on pigeon. This is in France, so they probably call it squab. [Not Exactly Rocket Science] Liar, Liar, muscles-around-the-nose-and-eyes on fire! [Body Odd/NBCNews] Brilliant! Physicists in Britain engage the public with beer mats. [ via The Guardian] Apparently, being able to grow nerve cells from a person’s blood or skin cells wasn’t cutting-edge enough. Scientists are now making brain-cell precursors from cells in a person’s urine. [Nature] White tigers are awesome, right? Um, actually, they’re mutant freaks bred for human entertainment. [Slate] Researchers just HAD to watch all 22 James Bond movies (before “Skyfall”) to publish a report on whether films are getting more violent. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. [iO9]

Author: Bethany Halford

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