Amusing News Aliquots

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

Credit: Armed Forces Pest Management Board/Flickr

Credit: Armed Forces Pest Management Board/Flickr

Chemistry lab work can be tough. There are smelly solvents and reactions with the potential to explode. But at least you don’t have to worry about how you’ll feed the bedbugs. [PopSci]

Middle school science fair projects have gotten legit. Thirteen-year-old sends Hello Kitty to the stratosphere and back, with a video camera along for the ride. [Cosmic Log/NBC News]

Lusty male moth drives robot car towards the scent of his lady love, refuses to ask for directions. [Forbes]

The recently unearthed bones of Richard III beg the question: What’s the Shelf Life of DNA? [Slate]

Perhaps Ethan Hawke’s character from “Gattaca” isn’t the only one who should be paranoid — someone’s 3-D printing faces with your discarded DNA. [iO9]

Forget your umbrella? Spray your clothes with Ultra Ever Dry, a superhydrophobic and oleophobic nanotech coating (Um, actually, we’re not sure you should spray this on your clothes, but there’s a cool video). [NPR]

Author: Lauren Wolf

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