Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber.
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Man finally confronts the guy his wife has been talking about for all these years: Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." Credit: David Parry / AP Photo

Another reason to love London: A larger-than-life-size Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth emerges sexily from the Serpentine. [Time] Another reason to love Paris: A life-size chrome T. rex looms over the Seine. [Gizmodo India] They’re bringing the passenger pigeon back from extinction. Can’t wait to see what’s next! Woolly mammoth? Dodo? T. rex to look at its chrome skeleton in Paris? [Washington Post] Don’t like your broccoli? Blame California. [Slate] Nineteen-foot python breaks into an Australian thrift shop, leaving behind an impressive … scale of destruction. Wait! Where are you going? Come back! [WHTM-TV] Speaking of scales: It’s a fish-eat-fish world out there. Turns out fish have learned that you don’t have to swim faster than a predator, you just have to swim faster than the fish next to you. Biting said fish also helps. [iO9] Now designing high-tech toilets to get men to do what they shouldn’t need to be reminded to do—wash their hands. [NPR] Dog traveling alone jumps aboard a bus on the way to the Staten Island Ferry. Dog has its day of sightseeing ruined by animal control. [Free Republic] New study warns that the artificial sugar in diet sodas may hinder the body’s ability to process real sugar. But don’t worry! The American Beverage Association says everything’s okay. [NPR]

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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