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Amusing News Aliquots

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

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“Radioactive Cats”
Copyright Sandy Skoglund

Scorched rat blamed for this week’s outage at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. Someone get Sandy Skoglund. It’s time to send in the radioactive cats. [BBC]

Couples trying to conceive should probably not book that romantic vacation to outer space.  [Huffington Post]

Without singing, dancing, or even shedding its burlap-plastic coat, “Canada Club” fossil wins “Dino Idol.” [NBC News]

Why didn’t the turtle cross the road? Because everyone was trying to run him over with their cars. [Philly.com]

Scientists have been sending insects to the guillotine since 1923. [io9]

In the quest for a better bourbon, whiskey-makers sent their barrels on a four-year cruise. And you only get two weeks of vacation. [SciAm]

What is the “better mousetrap” of 2013 that will have the world beating a path to your door? Weaker weed, apparently. Does this mean there will be more #chemjobs for marijuana chemists? [Slate]

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