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Amusing News Aliquots

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

It seems these days that anyone with some spare time and a camera can make a video parody, but these researchers deserve special kudos for “Some Budding Yeast I Used to Know,” their take on Gotye’s summertime hit. Even though the Newscripts gang didn’t get all the yeast jokes, we still get that this was hilarious: “Synthetic genetic arrays – Try doing that with fish or monkeys.” [YouTube via Improbable Research]


Scientists have encoded MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech and all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets into a string of synthetic DNA — scaled up, that’s 2.2 petabytes (1015) of data  per gram of DNA. [Gizmodo]

Weightlessness and tastelessness — NASA cranks up the spice factor in its food. [The Fox is Black]

Monogamous owl monkeys have more babies than those whose faithful relationships have been ruined by “floater” monkeys. [MSNBC]

Here’s something any chemist could have told you. Stones won’t get your whiskey nearly as cold as ice will. [The Whiskey Reviewer]

Of course, if you want really cold Scotch, may we suggest taking a tipple from Ernest Shackelton’s Antarctic stash. [MSNBC]

Sculptor combines 3-D printing and robotics to create a voice-controlled android that can “see” and hold objects on command. [io9]

3-D Printing company says, “Here’s the beef!” [BBC]


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