Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber.
Credit: The New Institute on Flickr

Credit: The New Institute on Flickr

In an alternate universe, we all live in houses built from Heineken bottles. [Gizmodo] A quadrotor helicopter deftly navigates a 3-D obstacle course. It’s controller? A human brain (with video). [iO9] Abbotsford, British Columbia, has an answer for its homeless problem: chicken poop. [Sun News] Finally, something Justin Bieber’s fans and non-Beliebers can both be excited about—he’s registered for a trip to space. [NBC News] Just as Justin Bieber feels prepared for space, astronaut Buzz Aldrin feels prepared for rocking out on stage (with video). [iO9] A patent for thwarting the paparazzi with technology. [Guardian] Researchers find evidence that fetuses practice crying in the womb, lending credence to all those older siblings who have been wrongfully punished for their younger siblings’ fake tears. [BBC] Dark “hole” appeared in the sun last week, finally legitimizing the prophecy made by Soundgarden’s “Back Hole Sun” in 1994. [The Atlantic] Our bridges and highways are crumbling, but the Romans made concrete that’s lasted more than 2,000 years. These folks think they know the secret to the ancients’ success. [UC Berkeley] South Korean firm starts contest to find the U.K. dog that most deserves to be cloned. The competition brings to light ethica—look, cute puppies!!!! [LiveScience] Here’s a shocker: eHarmony’s scientific adviser finds that couples who meet online have happier marriages. [iO9]  

Author: Bethany Halford

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