Amusing News Aliquots

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

It's a boy: And he's pregnant. Credit: Chicago Department of Public Health

Newest scare tactic to prevent teen births: photos of pregnant boys. [Today] Speaking of dude looks like a lady, Aerosmith's organist is a leading geneticist in his spare time. [CNN] Mountain livin' changes the way people talk. In a related story, talkin' about mountain livin' makes the Newscripts gang want to drop the letter g from gerunds. [Perth Now] Here's a job we don't want: tiger acupuncturist. [CBS News] The world's best sci-fi-themed bars. It's like they were made for the Newscripts gang. [io9] Florida scientists dismiss the notion of "vampire mosquitoes." Somewhere a "Twilight" fan sighs heavily in disappointment. [News 13] Turns out antidepressants kill the libidos of male minnows. No word yet on whether some Barry White music and a bottle of wine might mitigate these effects. [TreeHugger] There's no front basket for E.T. to sit in, but this helicopter bike can actually fly (with video). [Gizmodo] And while we're on the subject, these scientists are tired of waiting to hear from aliens--they're phoning E.T. first. [NBC News]    

Author: Jeff Huber

Jeff Huber is an associate editor at C&EN. He enjoys finding peculiar news stories that make him laugh and/or tilt his head in a thoughtful manner. This hobby has served him well as a contributor to the Newscripts blog.

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