Amusing News Aliquots

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

Relaxing? We don't think sssssso.  Credit: Caters Newss

Relaxing? We don’t think sssssso.
Credit: Caters News

A zoo in the Philippines has begun offering its patrons a snake massage, in which four pythons crawl over the bodies of their massage subjects. In related news, a zoo in the Philippines has begun feeding its pythons humans with bad backs. [Metro]

Shortly after being born, a baby moose in Ontario made a trip to Tim Hortons.  It’s proof that nature’s food chain really does work. [Sun News]

More Canadian animal news! A momma black bear in British Columbia was recently videotaped pulling one of her cubs away from a busy highway. [Toronto Sun]

Researchers set up an exercise wheel for wild mice, and it becomes a popular local hangout for the critters. Wow, even mice are trying to get to the gym. [Guardian]

Why don’t octopus arms get stuck together? Chemistry, of course. [Seriously, Science?]

Stanford researcher makes origami microscope—and you thought all those origami cranes were impressive. [Humans Invent]

There’s been a long-time fear of the government tapping our phones, but nah, we don’t mind the recording technology that comes with a “Like” button, a “Feeling Happy” status option, and ridiculously good-looking tagged photos of ourselves. [Valley Wag]

In other social media news, perhaps you and your friends’ photos are in NASA’s #GlobalSelfie. [Time]

Yelp can help you find a place to have dinner – and can also help epidemiologists track unreported cases of food poisoning. Perhaps individual users should also search for “sick,” “vomit,” “diarrhea,” and “food poisoning” when picking a date spot.  [Washington Post]

Author: Bethany Halford

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