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Amusing News Aliquots

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

Credit: Stuart Laycock (via The Telegraph)

Credit: Stuart Laycock (via The Telegraph)

Maps to help navigate a cocktail party: Map of the Only 22 Countries in the World Britain Has Not Invaded (shown); Map of the Number of Researchers per Million Inhabitants Around the World; Map of Where 29,000 Rubber Duckies Made Landfall After Falling off a Cargo Ship in the Middle of the Pacific Ocean. [Twisted Sifter]

Studies find that drivers of BMWs are often rude and inconsiderate. It’s the kind of sweeping generalization that could really hurt BMW drivers’ feelings … you know, if they had feelings. [Yahoo! Autos]

Florida is considering using drones to launch search-and-destroy missions on mosquito breeding grounds. But without the buzz of mosquitoes, what will we have to blame our bad hearing on? wonder Florida residents. [SmartPlanet]

Researchers program a robot to love, but then are somehow shocked when he becomes violently obsessed with a young female intern. [TNF] Update: Or this story is a hoax. [Reality Pod] (Thanks Chemjobber!)

NASA has mapped all known “potentially hazardous asteroids.” Good news: No asteroids seem poised to hit Earth in the next 100 years. Bad news: Asteroids were deemed “hazardous” only if they were greater than 460 feet wide. [Space.com]

Breaking Bad cupcakes: Because cupcakes are addictive but they won’t ruin your life. [Sweet Things]

Cat helps authorities solve murder. It was nearly a purr-fect crime. [National Journal]

Watchdog group finds that apparatuses for restraining pets in automobiles do very little to prevent injury or death. That’s a good finding, watchdog group. Who’s a good watchdog group? Who’s a good watchdog group? [USA Today]

2 Comments

  • Aug 15th 201312:08
    by Chemjobber

  • Aug 16th 201316:08
    by Rick Mullin

    RE fake robot story: Don’t give Ray Kurzweil any ideas.

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