Amusing News Aliquots
Apr05

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news. Compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. Tyrannosaurs might have been covered in feathers. They’ll still kill you, but they’ll look cute doing it. [Gizmodo] We think this story is saying that researchers accidentally improved organic LED brightness and energy efficiency with cleaning solvent. But we couldn’t get past the phrase “molecules of chlorine compounds.” [IT World] Jennifer Aniston’s got her own neuron. Isn’t it enough that she had her own hair cut and Brad Pitt? Geesh. [NPR] The world’s most sensitive scale has measured a xenon atom to the nearest yoctogram. And we thought we were sensitive about our weight. [New Scientist] First we find out Pluto’s not a planet. Now researchers say water can actually float on oil. These are troubling times. [ScienceDaily] And here’s the associated Langmuir paper. [ACS] Pornographer turns to chemistry equations for that extra bit of authenticity in a classroom scene. Still, the results indicate they probably weren’t focused on getting the science right. [Blackboards in Porn via Annals of Improbable Research]...

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Amusing News Aliquots
Jun02

Amusing News Aliquots

Some silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. Foot odor, in various chemical ratios, attracts malaria-bearing mosquitoes. Bowling alley proprietors panic. [m.knoxnews.com] DeconGel: The peelable blue goo that’s tidying up Fukushima. [CNN Money] We’ve written about how cats lap up liquids before [C&EN]. Now researchers have shown that dogs are just as sophisticated when they drink. “Take that and stuff it in your catnip,” says Marmaduke. [BBC News] Want to dress in a futuristic way, like Katy Perry? Now you can, with LEDs for clothing and accessories. Makers not responsible if you kiss a girl and like it. [Wired Gadget Lab] Does shaking hands at graduation put you in peril of passing pathogens? [Guardian] Put that pickle down. Your condiment is full of carcinogens. [Slate] Is proving the obvious a waste of research money? Well, duh. [LA Times] Some serious medchem in a place you might not expect it. [High...

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