Farewell, Newscripts blog!

Dear Readers,

The time has come for the Newscripts gang to bid readers of this blog adieu. We’d like to thank everyone who has visited this humble site over the years. Whether you were looking for silly samplings of science news, a bonus to our popular print column, a chemistry-themed holiday gift, or an in-depth look on what happens when you pee in the ocean, we’ve been happy to have your attention. Thanks also to everyone who has braved our commenting system to offer your thoughts on the content (a special shout-out goes to frequent commenter qvxb). We have had a blast. Although this blog will be going dark at the end of the month, you can still find the occasional silly sampling of science news plus other 140 character or less thoughts of wisdom by following us on twitter: @sophialcai, @beth_halford, @healthyrut, and @laurenkwolf. Here’s the final installment of Amusing News Aliquots:

A stray cat has been added to the lynx exhibit at a Russian zoo. And in future news, a stray cat has been eaten by lynx at a Russian zoo. [Gawker]

Paws before laws: Russian zoo lets a stray cat stay in lynx exhibit with new bestie. Credit: Gawker

Paws before laws: Russian zoo lets a stray cat stay in lynx exhibit with new bestie. Credit: Gawker

A video the Newscripts gang likes to think of as “Love in the MRI,” which accompanies the British Medical Journal’s most popular paper (by a large margin), hits three million views. [Annals of Improbable Research]

Add this to the list of labs we’d like to work in: An experimental warehouse with different climate controlled cells for studying how to make the best bourbon. [The Whiskey Reviewer]

Paul returns from his blogging hiatus with a hilarious tale of teaching, Facebook, and his wife’s naughty sense of humor. [ChemBark]

A study finds that talking on a cell phone during meals is a dating no-no. The study was sponsored by the Association of Has It Really Come To This? [Daily Mail]

Why wheels of moving cars sometimes appear to be spinning backwards is easily explained when on TV, but why we see this phenomenon in real life is still debated. [iO9]

In other optical illusion news, this disappearing pastel picture has been making the Internet rounds. See it for yourself, before it disappears. [Sploid]

A group wants to use cloning to bring back extinct birds known for their ability to cheaply disseminate messages. And no, that group isn’t the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service. [International Business Times]

The World Cup is a fierce battle and a matter of national pride. Who will be crowned Team Oracle is also a fierce battle and a matter of species pride. [FP]

 

 

Author: Sophia Cai

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  1. I’d just like to say a fond farewell to the Newscripts blog. And a thank you to all the folks who actually read it over the years. We had a great time trying to entertain you with science quirk.
    Extra special thanks goes to Sophia Cai, Beth Halford, and Jeff Huber for supplying all the wit for the past year. As noted above, they are all on Twitter, and you’ll continue to receive a steady supply of their humor in the print version of Newscripts: http://cen.acs.org/departments/newscripts.html

  2. +1 to Lauren’s comment. I’m looking forward to seeing more science quirk from you all in my Twitter feed.

  3. Now what I am supposed to read on Fridays at work??!