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Amusing News Aliquots

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

Credit: Brian Choo

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]


Amusing News Aliquots

Some silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf.

Credit: Flickr/magic robots

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 Times]