Amusing News Aliquots
Jan16

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. Finally, a book that explores the proper etiquette for spitting up a hair ball in public: "Pride and Prejudice and Kitties." [Mother Nature Network] More feline news: Looks like U.S. prisons are too posh. After all, cats looking for a comfortable home are now breaking into them. [Glens Falls Post-Star] Think your graduate work was tough? At least you didn't have to attach a camera to an alligator's back. [Seriously, Science?] Study suggests MTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" might be driving down teen pregnancies. Next up, "Teens Who Don't Do Their Homework"? [USA Today] While the Newscripts gang was bundled up and hiding from the polar vortex, this Canadian fellow created a colored ice fort. [BoingBoing] Did we all just assume that the flying V formation gave birds an aerodynamics push? Turns out it was just scientifically shown for the first time. [NPR] Police arrest man for insobriety after his parrot tells police that he is drunk. It's hard not to feel sorry for the man. He thought he had a parrot for a pet, but it turns out his pet was really a rat. [United Press International] In the real-life Japanese version of "Good Will Hunting," the university janitor creates a gorgeous, unsolvable maze in his spare time. [Viralnova] Skip the plug-in night-lights, now you can buy bioluminescent house plants for all your nighttime low-light needs. [Popular Science] When those pesky moral dilemma tests are presented in virtual reality--complete with carnage and screams--turns out people get more emotionally riled, but also more utilitarian. Sorry, best friend. [Time]  ...

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Amusing News Aliquots
Jun28

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. First it beats you at rock, paper, scissors, then it takes over the world. Robot can read a person “like a dumb, fleshy book” and win every time. [iO9] If the bar scene and online dating aren’t helping you find the love of your life, this article suggests submitting a stinky T-shirt to a pheromone party. [USA Today] To fund colonization of Mars, Dutch firm suggests it will stage a “Big Brother”-like reality show following the first astronauts it sends there. Earth rejoices at opportunity to offload entire lot of Kardashians. [Space.com] What do Michael Jackson, Hedy Lamar, and the comedian Gallagher all have in common? Patents on file with the USPTO. [Wired] Presented without comment: Men’s far infrared magnetic underwear. [Annals of Improbable Research] This story gives new meaning to never taking candy from a stranger: peppermint lozenges accidently filled with arsenic in the 1800s. [iO9]...

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