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]  

Author: Sophia Cai

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