Amusing News Aliquots

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

Hamburger helper: Liberation Wrapper conceals shameful eating habits. Credit: Freshness Burger

Japan’s Liberation Wrapper now lets a woman feel—and more importantly, look—dainty and demur while stuffing her face with a burger. [Elite Daily] You know what would round out your application for that tenure-track faculty job? A scan of your butt. [Pan kisses Kafka] via [In the Pipeline] Giant rubber ducky explodes in Taiwan. Somewhere a giant Ernie sobs. [] Robot beats human in rock-paper-scissors every time. It cheats, but our eyes and brains are too slow to realize it. RoboWar is upon us, and they’re winning. [BBC] Meanwhile, Cornell University is training robots to hold knives without stabbing humans. Why are we giving them knives?! Sealing our own fate right there. [NBC News] Air pollution is making it difficult for China to spy on its citizens. Don't worry, though, because China is fixing the problem: They're making their surveillance cameras even stronger. [Quartz] From Nobel-winning research to the novelty ice cream shelf: Entrepreneur uses green fluorescent protein to make ice cream that glows when you lick it. [CBS] Looks like they made a film, called “Spinning Plates,” about dreamy chef Grant Achatz and his gastronomical science. [Fast Company] Scientists posit that King Tut died in a chariot accident, but they remain mum (pun intended!) on the effect such an accident had on future pharaohs' chariot insurance rates. [Jalopnik]    

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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  1. There needs to be a French version for dining on ortolan.