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Amusing News Aliquots

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

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Today’s Pi Day! Celebrate by, um, tossing hotdogs down a hallway. [WikiHow]

Harvard is making robot bees. Sigh. Hasn’t ANYONE watched “2001: A Space Odyssey,” or “iRobot”? Sure, robobees are super cool, but this isn’t going to end well. [iO9]

DNA from fish (herring) sperm is a flame retardant, study shows. Hmmm … that’s going to be an interesting production/extraction process. [Wired]

Smart people like curly fries. Straight men often do Internet searches for “Being confused after waking up from naps.” This, according to a study of Facebook by Cambridge University researchers. [NBC Bay Area]

We thought that to bend the spoon with your mind, you have to realize that there is no spoon. What do we know? This guy says it has something to do with respiration. [Improbable Research]

Pass the Juicy Fruit: People chewing gum focus longer on a task than those who aren’t. [iO9]

 

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