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Amusing News Aliquots

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

High school junior Justin Beckerman tests out his submarine at Lake Hopatcong, in New Jersey. Credit: Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger

High school junior Justin Beckerman tests out his submarine at Lake Hopatcong, in New Jersey. Credit: Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger

Kids these days do some pretty wild stuff. This New Jersey teen built his own submarine. [NJ.com]

Approximately 78,000 people have paid money to apply to be one of the first four settlers on Mars. And for those who aren’t selected, Earth’s toilets still offer plenty of opportunity to flush money down the drain. [NBC News]

Listen to Paul. Don’t let sad kitten ruin your job interview. [ChemBark]

Here Europeans are worrying about horse in their meatballs, while Chinese consumers have to worry about bird flu in their KFC and rat in their mutton. [NPR]

Study finds that people with nicknames earn more than those with longer names. What do you think about that, Sport? [TheLadders]

Find some psych study conclusions a bit weird? That may be because their subjects were primarily WEIRD. [Slate]

Sucking on a child’s pacifier may promote the child’s defenses against allergies. It also teaches stressed-out parents how to self-soothe. [ScienceDaily]

And last but not least: Mates in Australia, check out today’s solar eclipse. The rest of the world can watch it via live feed. [National Geographic]

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