Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber.
One-click class: Now you can 3-D print your own 18th-century Italian side chair from teh Smithsonian's vault. Credit: Courtesy of Smithsonian Digitization Program Office via Slate

One-click class: Now you can 3-D print your own 18th-century Italian side chair from teh Smithsonian's vault. Credit: Courtesy of Smithsonian Digitization Program Office via Slate

Smithsonian releases 3-D printable files of some of its artifacts, including Amelia Earhart’s flight suit, a 1903 Wright Flyer, and an ornately carved late 18th-century Italian Pergolesi side chair. We’re holding out to print Archie Bunker’s arm chair though. [Slate] Fourteen-year-old Yorkshire terrier just signed up for health insurance using a state exchange. Hopefully this doesn’t translate into higher premiums for younger Yorkshire terriers. [Opposing Views] And how bad can health care in this country really be if a blind dog in Philadelphia can get its own seeing-eye dog?  [Mother Nature Works] GoldieBlox riffs off of Beastie Boys' gender-stereotyped song "Girls" to advertise their new engineering toys for girls with a massive Rube Goldberg machine. [LA Times] Gentrification is for the birds. Literally. Wild turkeys are flocking to cities where they are “fouling yards with droppings, devouring gardens, waking up residents with raucous predawn mating sessions, and utterly disregarding dogs and other supposed deterrents.” [AP] The chemistry of cookie-making. Mmm, cookies. [Gizmodo] Guys, are you feeling self-conscious about the size of your nose? It’s not your fault. It’s evolution’s! [ScienceDaily] Buzzfeed's not the only one with color-coded maps about geographical language differences. Chemistry blogger takes on question, "What do you call introductory organic chemistry?" [Chemjobber] And last but not least, check out this year's winner of the Dance Your Ph.D. contest. To the naysayers out there, this is more evidence that sex always wins. [Science]

Author: Sophia Cai

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