Amusing News Aliquots
Sep13

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. Sea otters: Our latest adorable weapon in the fight against global warming. [Latinos Post] Giant woolly mammothsicle found in Russia. Let’s all speculate about cloning the thing. [Yahoo!] Want to make your own Stradivarius violin? Just add fungi. [iO9] Scientists feed pigs wine or vodka to determine which is better for heart health. Miss Piggy would like a cosmopolitan, please. [UPI] Now that it's got making graphene in the bag, Scotch tape has moved on. The wonder adhesive now produces superconductors. [Geekosystem] Alan Turing--famed mathematician, father of computer science, and all-around rockstar--to get his own Monopoly edition. [CNET] The force is with these Kentucky hackers, who modified a Star Wars toy to blow up watermelons with the power of one’s mind. [CBC...

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Amusing News Aliquots
Feb09

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from the week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. For pigeon-free statues, lace your bronze with arsenic. [Guardian] Fracture putty: Like silly putty with healing powers. OK, not like silly putty at all, to be honest. [geek.com] A monkey and a man walk into an fMRI machine. Then they watch a Clint Eastwood western. Punchline: Brain regions that do the same job in monkeys and men aren’t always in the same spot in the skull. [PopSci] Whoopsie! I was trying to make graphene but ended up making the world’s thinnest pane of glass. [Science Now] Chemists use NMR to track the progress of the coffee-roasting process. Does this mean Starbucks will be hiring NMR spectroscopists? [J. Ag. Food Chem.] Man arrested last year for trying to split the atom in his kitchen has collection of chemical elements in his bedroom. Mentions nonchalantly to reporter: "This thallium is very, very poisonous. If you get it on your fingers, you can die." We feel safe now. [Guardian] Want to know if that pop tune you’re penning in your spare time will be a hit? There’s an app for that. [LA...

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