Amusing News Aliquots
Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber.
Scientists have characterized the sea anemone as half animal and half plant. When the sea anemone tries to pick someone up at a bar, however, it likes to say that it’s all animal. [ScienceDaily]
A Tibetan mastiff has been purchased in China for almost $2 million. Dog experts say it may be the most someone’s ever paid for the privilege of picking up poop. [NY Daily News]
Polar bear cubs at a German zoo used a photo op this week to make their first public appearance with their mother. Surprisingly, a bottle of Coca-Cola was nowhere to be found. [The Guardian]
In other zoo news, depressed man gets yet another rejection – from a tiger. [Time]
On average, Americans assume that 30% of Congress smokes pot. When asked whether they cared that their representatives get high, many said, “Nah, man, whatever. That’s totally cool, dude.” [Huffington Post]
Dr. Freddy on Five Things Synthetic Chemists Hate. The Newscripts gang heartily concurs. [Synthetic Remarks]
“Covered with more than 880 gems, the Diamond Armor suit repels both bullets and stains and even has built-in air conditioning.” But what will stop the relentless eyerolls? [Daily Mail]
Add this to the list of inventions we’re not sure we want: the Smell-o-phone. [CNN]
We journalists were going to write a story about how journalism is dying, but a robot scooped us. [iO9]
The sea anemone: Plant? Animal? Vegimal?