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Fun With Science: Top 10 Videos Of The Year

Who says scientists are boring geeks who drone on about quantum efficiency and reaction yield? We here at the Newscripts blog LOVE science and think those geeks are rockstars. So we’ve selected an assortment of our favorite videos of the year depicting just how cool science can be. The clips were culled from 2012 blog posts as well as from the YouTube channel of Chemical & Engineering News.

So sit back, relax, warm yourself by the gentle glow of that Bunsen burner, and bask in the awesomeness of science.


In at number 10, Russell Hemley and researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science have gotten so good at growing their own diamonds from methane, they can make gems as big as 10 carat! Too bad they’re using them in high-pressure experiments rather than sending the Newscripts gang free samples.


Number 9: Reality TV isn’t just for privileged housewives, the gym-tan-laundry crowd, or survivors who like to eat bugs anymore. This year, MIT released a reality Web series following undergrads trying to pass an introductory chemistry course. Oh, the intrigue! Crystallization contests, rotovap malfunctions … this is the trailer that got us pumped for the series. [Link to original post]


Number 8: Adorable pandas + poop = instant classic. It really doesn’t even matter what the rest of the video is about. Although we did slip in some biofuel science. So you’re learning something while overloading on cute.


Number 7: Although the Newscripts gang loves to yell out requests for “Free Bird” at concerts, we also think Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” is pretty clutch, too. It’s even better when played by Tesla coils. [Link to original post]


Number 6: This year, researchers at Harvard and Caltech made a polymer sheet swim like a jellyfish. Why? We’re not so sure it matters. All we know is, right now, we’re heading out to procure some rat heart cells, a silicone sheet, and a vial of fibronectin because, well, we want one.


Number 5: You didn’t think you’d make it through a 2012 countdown without a Gangnam parody, did you? Good. Because here’s biochemistry, taught Gangnam-style. [Link to original post] Continue reading →

Amusing News Aliquots

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

Two Tesla coils perform “Sweet Home Alabama.” Rock on, electrical engineering students. [Improbable Research]

Squid cells dance to “Insane in the Membrane.” Rock on, neurobiology students. [Discoblog]

And you thought Nintendo’s Power Glove was rad back in the day. Now there’s Stanford’s cooling glove. It’s better than steroids. [Stanford News]

Soft lighting and mood music in a fast-food restaurant make patrons eat 175 calories less than usual, study shows. Newscripts wonders whether it might just be easier NOT to eat the fast food in the first place and … who funds this stuff? [ScienceDaily]

Really old bugs trapped in amber. Just because they’ve been dead for 230 million years doesn’t mean they can’t still give us the creepy crawlies. [CBC News]

MRSA vs. Marmite? [Daily Mail]

Improbable Research would like to know: Which is better, the Heck Reaction or the Hell Reaction? We’re sure that you’ve got opinions, dear readers. [Improbable Research]


Amusing News Aliquots

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

Credit: Flickr user safari-partners.

Chimps that frequently throw poop have more highly developed brains, researchers say. The Newscripts gang recently saw a gorilla drink its own pee at the zoo. We’d like a grant to investigate. [Physorg.com]

Watch out seismologists. The toads know something you don’t. These critters may use chemical clues to detect earthquakes. [BBC]

You feast on turkey, but in Tennessee microbes feast upon a quarter-ton of roofing shingles, 5 tons of construction debris, some gasoline and diesel fuel, a dead deer, and an armadillo. [The Tennessean]

And we thought getting a permit for a new deck was tough. Wonder what the guy who wants to build two 10-story Tesla coils will have to show his town planning board.  [TechZwn]

Seventy-five percent of U.K.-grown oysters contain “winter vomiting bug.” Thank you, Brits, for turning “norovirus” into something more colorfully descriptive. [BBC News]

No science here, just stunning chocolate sculptures and a silly caption writer. [CNN]