Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber.
This pallid bat (Antrozous pallidus) touches down on land to forage for insects, other small invertebrates, and small mammals./Photo courtesy J. Scott Altenbach via Slate

This pallid bat (Antrozous pallidus) touches down on land to forage for insects, other small invertebrates, and small mammals./Photo courtesy J. Scott Altenbach via Slate

  This Halloween, let’s take a moment to celebrate bats. They’re “merciless predators, loyal neighbors, tender mothers, and generous lovers with strange and intimidating tongues … at least one bat species possesses a penis of great and terrifying adaptation.” [Slate] Some people have bug-searching a little easier. One entomologist (typical!) finds a new tick to research ... up his nose. [LiveScience] Not freaky enough? Here’s what happens when a tick bites you. [Not Exactly Rocket Science] Babies can recognize lullabies they heard while in the womb. Good thing they can’t speak right after birth, otherwise they’d tell you how sick they are of hearing the same songs over and over again. [ScienceDaily] Gadget lets your iPhone smell like coffee, flowers, or even steak and potatoes. Only a matter of time before you can smell candy while playing Candy Crush--not just on Halloween. [NPR]
Candy Master Eric Milliken makes monster portraits using Halloween candy, including this "Black Cat." Credit: Eric Millikin/Detroit Free Press

Candy Master Eric Milliken makes "Black Cat" and other portraits using Halloween candy. Credit: Eric Millikin/Detroit Free Press

  Man makes portraits of Halloween characters out of candy bags, inadvertently depriving us all of candy. [Detroit Free Press] World’s largest chicken nugget was born this week, the proud child of a 500-gal deep fryer and 2.5 lb of breading. [Huffington Post] Woman ticketed for driving while wearing Google Glass. Even the cool nerds can't win. [SiliconBeat] Here’s something to freak you out: Tarantula hairs in your eyes. [Seriously, Science?] But perhaps the scariest of all: North Dakota woman threatens to not give fat trick-or-treating kids candy but instead a letter about obesity. What a witch. [LA Times]    

Author: Sophia Cai

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