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Amusing News Aliquots

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

A crocodile lures birds by balancing twigs on its head. Credit: Vladimir Dinets

A crocodile lures birds by balancing twigs on its head. Credit: Vladimir Dinets

As if they weren’t scary enough already, crocodiles are also smart enough to set traps to catch prey. [ScienceDaily]

Finally, a color palette to help you figure out what the color of your urine really says about you. [Cleveland Clinic]

“Studies show there might be a positive correlation between intelligence and alcohol consumption.” The Newscripts gang would be smug if we didn’t think this was bunk. [New Republic]

German scientists discover the best way to get a bartender’s attention.  It’s easier than you think. [Seriously, Science?]

Feeling weighed down by all your self-esteem? Then use this online calculator to determine your “vitality age”—that is, the actual age of your body given your lifestyle choices—and feel the self-esteem melt away. [Daily Mail]

We suggest you check out this long read on insomnia drugs just before bedtime. [New Yorker]

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