Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber.
Photo by Johanna Werminghausen

Photo by Johanna Werminghausen

Who says romance is dead? Colorful hermaphrodite sea slugs make love by stabbing one another in the head. [Science News] Cold and flu season has its benefits: Researchers find that giving a battery a cold actually improves its performance. [ScienceDaily] To promote the 2014 Winter Olympics and to demote commuters’ waistlines, Russia is now accepting 30 squats as payment for a train ticket. (With video!) [Mashable] Study finds that eating chocolate can lead to lower body fat. If that’s the case, why is the peanut M&M so chubby then? [] How to reach out and touch someone when you’re an ocean apart. [Social Reader] Why does wine cry? Turns out it’s not because you’re also crying. (With video.) [NPR] The Weather Channel is rebranding itself as the “ESPN for weather,” so expect to see spin-off channels such as Weather Channel 2 and Weather Channel Classic coming soon. [AP] Good clean fun the Newscripts gang can get behind: Soap made from beer. [Tennessean] Storied for hundreds of years in Chinese traditional medicine, black bear bile now shows promise in slowing development of type 1 diabetes. [National Geographic]  

Author: Bethany Halford

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