Amusing News Aliquots
Feb21

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. Ever wish you could tear a page out of C&EN and eat it because it’s so good? Well, it might happen in the future … Fanta creates an edible ad. [ShortList] But just to be clear, this is old news: Newscripts has written about edible ads (and greeting cards) before. [C&EN] Scientists in California want to create laser beams to evaporate asteroids before they hit Earth. No word on using them to fill the dean’s house with popcorn or if they will be mounted on sharks. [LA Times] Speaking of lasers, this one was meant for studying space, but it moonlights as a counterfeit honey detector. [Slate] Who knew panda flirting was so complicated? The Edinburgh Zoo’s Yang Guang “has recently begun to execute handstands against trees, walls, and rocks, and to leave scent marks as high up as he can” in an attempt to get the attention of lady panda Tian Tian. [Guardian] Jose Canseco, that lovable juiced-up ex-ball player, tweeted his theories on gravity and dinosaurs this week. Newscripts hasn’t been this confused since Keanu Reeves explained wave-particle duality. [iO9] Checking up on HP’s Chubby Checker. Incidentally, if the Newscripts gang held stock in HP, we’d be wondering what the hell is going on at that place. [Slate] This Side Up: The paint splatters on that canvas really do have a top and bottom. Study shows people can set an abstract painting in its “correct” orientation  more often than not....

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Amusing News Aliquots
Nov01

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings of this week's science news, compiled by Sophia Cai and Lauren Wolf. Twelve year old applies Dungeons & Dragons to a psychology experiment, gets published. [Discover] Just in time for Election Day: Researchers find that female Republicans in the House of Representatives appear more feminine than woman Democrats. [Discoblog] Grad student proposes pelting incoming asteroids with paint balls to deflect them from a collision course with Earth, wins competition. No, we're not joking. [Daily Mail Online] The latest in breast cancer detection: The heat-detecting bra. [Yahoo Voices] Study shows that dogs follow suit after watching humans yawn. And chances are we've now made you yawn by even mentioning it. [ABC News] Why do elephants have only a little hair? No punchlines here. These researchers think the peach fuzz keeps the pachyderms cool. [Improbable Research]...

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