Amusing News Aliquots

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

Credit: Jean Luc Lacour

Turning Martian rocks into plasma. Curiosity’s ChemCam rules. [Popular Mechanics] Google searches tip off scientists to unknown drug side effects. Oh, and you should know that any medical abnormality you’ve ever searched for is saved in a Web log somewhere. [NYT] Scientists are trying to get you to do their work for them … by seducing you with video games. [NPR] The latest in bug body armor: Nanopillars on clanger cicadas’ wings rip bacteria to shreds. [Nature] Boo. The chemistry of why sausages are bad for you. [Guardian] Breaking news: Practice doesn’t really make perfect. It just makes better. Sort of. [Discoblog] Finally, the Newscripts gang would be remiss in not mentioning the new chemblog on the block, The Baran Lab blog Open Flask. Welcome aboard Phil and the gang. It’s great to see you here. [Open Flask]

Author: Bethany Halford

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