Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber.
Credit: Disney

Credit: Disney

Forget mouse ears. The best souvenir of your Disney vacation is your face on a 7.5-inch Stormtrooper figurine (or a figurine of yourself locked in carbonite after you have to pay for said vacation). [iO9] Super geek dad builds 7-foot tall Transformer costumes in his spare time (with video). [Geeks Are Sexy] The Newscripts gang loves irony. Like the burglary researcher whose work keeps getting plagiarized. [Improbable Research] Tap … tap tap tap tap … tap tap tap tappp tap … It’s “Call Me Maybe,” why can’t you get that?! My fault?! No, you’re bad at communicating! [iO9] Secret to hearing other galaxies? Be really, really quiet. Like, turn-off-your-cellphone-and-radio quiet. [NBC News] Malaria parasites not only make mosquitoes more harmful, but also more hungry for human blood. Great. [BBC] Kangaroo attacks an Australian politician during his jog, which is scary but also kind of adorable. [ABC News] Also in Australia: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a hot-air balloon in the shape of a mammal with several nipples that’s supposed to make us reflect on our place in the world called Skywhale! [The Australian] What’s the secret to living a long, healthy life? Well, it helps if you’re a woman. [BBC]

Author: Bethany Halford

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