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Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news. Compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf

Credit: What We Do Media

Someone has actually clamped a frickin’ laser to the dorsal fin of a shark. Supervillains to take over Earth. [Wired Gadget Lab]

Smalleye pygmy shark groans in disgust. It already has a light-emitting belly and doesn’t need any frickin’ laser beam. [Christian Science Monitor]

Physics professor contemplates The Incredible Hulk’s energy requirements during his “getting angry” time, as well as whether he’d crack the pavement when jumping around NYC. [Wired Science Blogs]

Speaking of villains, polymer chemist admits to being the evil force who made snack bags so hard to open. [Gizmodo] via [It’s the Rheo Thing]

From the “Questions You Never Wondered About” files: What does one use to test a toilet’s flushing power? [Annals of Improbable Research]

The obesity epidemic has escaped into the wild, with fat pigeons, fat rats, and “genuine fat asses.” [Slate]

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news. Compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf.

Credit: D. Huang et al, Nature

Why were dinosaurs so angry? Perhaps it was the giant fleas. [NY Times]

Spiderwebs overtake town. Newscripts gang going home, locking door, and staying there. [iO9]

Amateur astronomy group flashes space station … with a laser. Get your minds out of the gutter. [Air And Space Smithsonian]

Same genes activated by exercise are activated by large doses of caffeine. We’d like eight espressos to go, please. [Gizmodo]

Got water, salt, dish soap, alcohol, and food coloring? Then you can extract your own DNA. [NOVA on YouTube]

Think your favorite watering hole is swapping your Coke for discount cola? Just take a sample to the NMR to find out. [J. Ag. Food Chem.]

Thinking of splurging on a $90 bottle of wine? Scientists say you’re probably wasting your money. [NPR]