Amusing News Aliquots
Aug16

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. Some sneaky chemists are swapping the fat in chocolate with fruit juice. [Futurity] Belgian doctor finds most fertile uteruses have “mathematically perfect” dimensions. Who funds this stuff? [Guardian] Cool kid news: 13-year-old homeschooler finds meteorite with homemade metal detector. [LA Times] The Gates Foundation prepares its grantees with fake poop. [NPR] This woman says the wizarding gene that explains Harry Potter’s world might be “caused by an expansion of trinucleotide repeats with non-Mendelian ratios of inheritance.” [iO9] Here’s looking at you, Cornell: School’s researchers scientifically analyze what makes memorable movie quotes memorable. [Technology Review/MIT] Awww, man. Online marketplace Etsy says its vendors can’t sell human bones (skulls, skeletons, etc.) Newscripts is gonna have to find some new items for our Holiday Gift Guide....

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Amusing News Aliquots
May03

Amusing News Aliquots

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

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