Amusing News Aliquots
Feb08

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Sophia Cai and Bethany Halford Chemistry lab work can be tough. There are smelly solvents and reactions with the potential to explode. But at least you don’t have to worry about how you’ll feed the bedbugs. [PopSci] Middle school science fair projects have gotten legit. Thirteen-year-old sends Hello Kitty to the stratosphere and back, with a video camera along for the ride. [Cosmic Log/NBC News] Lusty male moth drives robot car towards the scent of his lady love, refuses to ask for directions. [Forbes] The recently unearthed bones of Richard III beg the question: What’s the Shelf Life of DNA? [Slate] Perhaps Ethan Hawke’s character from "Gattaca" isn’t the only one who should be paranoid -- someone’s 3-D printing faces with your discarded DNA. [iO9] Forget your umbrella? Spray your clothes with Ultra Ever Dry, a superhydrophobic and oleophobic nanotech coating (Um, actually, we're not sure you should spray this on your clothes, but there's a cool video)....

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Amusing News Aliquots
Dec20

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. Scientists come up with explanation of why Rudolph’s nose was red. And, no, it’s not because he drank one too many reindeer martinis. [CNET] If you’re worried about putting on weight this holiday season, consider Le Whaf, a kitchen gadget that turns food and drink into calorie-free vapor. [Geek] Check out BeetBox—the new instrument that makes root vegetables funky. [Gizmag] Cosmetic surgeons used stem cells and dermal filler to give woman a face-lift. Whoopsie! Dermal filler contains hydroxylapatite, which signals stem cells to turn to bone. We don’t really need to tell you the rest. [io9] Energetic materials research, now with more bananas. [JACS via Improbable Research] Video and proton transfer reaction mass spec reveal the scent of bed bug sex. [PLoS One via...

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