Amusing News Aliquots

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

Directions: Let your shoes be your guide. Credit: Lechal via

Directions: Let your shoes be your guide. Credit: Lechal via

Because having Siri read you walking directions wasn’t futuristic enough, you can now get haptic footwear that while gently guide you in the direction you should walk. [Springwise]

Shampoos and bodywashes may contain a carcinogen. It’s bad news for those who showered today, and good news for those looking for excuse not to. [SFGate]

Four lion cubs passed a swim test this week at the National Zoo. The accomplishment means the cubs are now one step closer to posing for their own swimsuit calendar. [io9

The CEO of the Philadelphia Zoo says he is trying to turn a visit to his park into “more of a safari-like experience.” Hard to imagine anything going wrong with that idea. [New York Post]

Hard to imagine? Well, we’ve got a scenario: Petting zoo brings a baby bear for college students to snuggle to ease stress of finals week. Bear bites multiple students. Bear and students tested for rabies. Students have worse things to stress about than finals. [Time]

Got a decommissioned tank just rusting away in your backyard? Do what this Czech town did: Add a slide and splash of colorful paint and conquer the playground! [Inventor Spot]

In other military news, keep an eye on your bananas. China has an army of trained monkeys.  [Washington Post]


Author: Sophia Cai

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