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Amusing News Aliquots

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

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Scientists come up with explanation of why Rudolph’s nose was red. And, no, it’s not because he drank one too many reindeer martinis. [CNET]

If you’re worried about putting on weight this holiday season, consider Le Whaf, a kitchen gadget that turns food and drink into calorie-free vapor. [Geek]

Check out BeetBox—the new instrument that makes root vegetables funky. [Gizmag]

Cosmetic surgeons used stem cells and dermal filler to give woman a face-lift. Whoopsie! Dermal filler contains hydroxylapatite, which signals stem cells to turn to bone. We don’t really need to tell you the rest. [io9]

Energetic materials research, now with more bananas. [JACS via Improbable Research]

Video and proton transfer reaction mass spec reveal the scent of bed bug sex. [PLoS One via Discoblog]

1 Comment

  • Dec 20th 201211:12
    by Carmen Drahl

    Ick, ick, ick. That stem cell cosmetic surgery story made me cringe. If you haven’t read the full Scientific American story about it, it’s worth a read. Not just for the gross-out factor, but cautionary tale about unproven stem cell therapies. I rail against ‘chemical-free’ marketing but the touting of unproven stuff might be worse in a way. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=stem-cell-cosmetics

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