Amusing News Aliquots
Aug22

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. Hey process chemists, any comment on the accuracy of this Lego “Breaking Bad” meth lab? [ArsTechnica] Just what you need after a long, stressful, tiring day: A shower head that berates you for taking too long in the shower. [NPR] English newspaper wonders if a newborn foal looks like David Bowie. Newscripts wonders if English newspaper knows what news is. [Brentwood Gazette] Someone was certainly thinking of the Newscripts gang when they came up with the Periodic Table of Alcohol. [Shortlist] The more scientifically accurate "Finding Nemo" story: Nemo’s widower dad would’ve turned into a female fish so that Nemo—born an undifferentiated hermaphrodite—could grow into a male fish and eventually mate with her. How’s that for a happy ending? [Slate] W. “Mittens” Bloomfield the cat reviews cat food and savors "the experience as one might a firm scratching behind the ears." [Cat Critic] Often stuck in the past, museum curator applauded for discovering something new. And it’s cute and fuzzy to boot. [Guardian] Who knew all you need to make cool-looking art was balloons, paint, and a high-speed camera? [Wired] How to build your own centrifuge in an hour with a Dremel power tool and a 3-D printer. [PopSci] Giant cabbage cut down in its prime by fame-seeking chefs. [Mirror]...

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Amusing News Aliquots
Aug01

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. Craving that chocolate bar? Go smell an orange. Tempted by cookies in the office? Go smell an orange. [NPR] Studies have shown that tall people earn more money and have a better view at rock concerts. But short people live longer, giving them more time to spend their smaller salaries and to stare at the backs of tall people at rock concerts. [Slate] Another one from the “Who Funded This?” files: Researchers try to see if people really know what cats are meowing about. [Seriously, Science?] Gearing up for a vacation? Why not take one of these 25 road trips for nerds? [PopSci] Finally, a marathon-training tactic that doesn’t involve grueling exercise—or any movement at all, really. Just dream about the race in your sleep. [Guardian] Slow animal meets fast food: Man tries to sneak his turtle onto a plane by hiding the pet inside a KFC burger. [United Press International] How likely is a shark attack? More common ways to go: sinkholes, ocean tides, and tornadoes. Shark-free tornadoes, to boot. [Washington Post] An emu, native to Australia, shows up on the side of a British Columbia road. Somehow, its long legs don't entice passing cars to stop and give it a ride. [CBC] What's better than watching chimps at the zoo? Watching chimps on a sugar high at the zoo....

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Amusing News Aliquots
Jul11

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. Another reason to love London: A larger-than-life-size Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth emerges sexily from the Serpentine. [Time] Another reason to love Paris: A life-size chrome T. rex looms over the Seine. [Gizmodo India] They’re bringing the passenger pigeon back from extinction. Can’t wait to see what’s next! Woolly mammoth? Dodo? T. rex to look at its chrome skeleton in Paris? [Washington Post] Don’t like your broccoli? Blame California. [Slate] Nineteen-foot python breaks into an Australian thrift shop, leaving behind an impressive … scale of destruction. Wait! Where are you going? Come back! [WHTM-TV] Speaking of scales: It’s a fish-eat-fish world out there. Turns out fish have learned that you don’t have to swim faster than a predator, you just have to swim faster than the fish next to you. Biting said fish also helps. [iO9] Now designing high-tech toilets to get men to do what they shouldn’t need to be reminded to do—wash their hands. [NPR] Dog traveling alone jumps aboard a bus on the way to the Staten Island Ferry. Dog has its day of sightseeing ruined by animal control. [Free Republic] New study warns that the artificial sugar in diet sodas may hinder the body’s ability to process real sugar. But don’t worry! The American Beverage Association says everything’s okay....

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