Amusing News Aliquots

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

Disappointingly large: Researchers "painted" the Mona Lisa on a substrate surface about one-third the width of a human hair (~30 µm). Credit: Courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology

Researchers create the world’s smallest version of the “Mona Lisa,” which is great since most people who see the actual “Mona Lisa” usually leave wishing that the painting was much, much smaller. [ScienceDaily] Why invest in sunscreen when you can gorge yourself on chocolate instead? [Seriously, Science?] Feeling lonely and far from home (208 million miles, to be not-so-exact), NASA's Curiosity rover sings "Happy Birthday" to itself, one year after landing on Mars (with video). [Washington Post] Writer explores why people are afraid of clowns, inadvertently giving people who aren’t afraid of clowns plenty of reasons to freak out. [NPR] The Newscripts gang loves strong brews. And now we can turn our spent coffee grounds into alcohol. Thanks, science! [ScienceNow] Newspaper reports on a tortoise that ran away from home. In other words, it literally was a slow news day. [Crawley News] D0lphins don't need Facebook to remember their friends from 20 years ago, challenging elephants as the reigning animal of choice in memory idioms (with video). [iO9] This frog may not be getting any ants, but we hear he’s killing it in Candy Crush Saga (with video). [Annals of Improbable Research] World-class swimmers blame poor performance on the water, broadening the pool of excuses for failures everywhere. [Telegraph]  

Author: Sophia Cai

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