Amusing News Aliquots
Mar15

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. Researchers at Vienna University of Technology break speed record for 3-D printing objects, produce racecars and Towers of London London Tower Bridges with nanoscale detail. We’ll take two of those printers. Wrap ‘em up. [TU Vienna] CYBORG SNAILS. We really shouldn’t even have to say anything else in order for you to click on this link. But they’ve got implanted biofuel cells. [iO9] Bonus: This work was published in JACS. [JACS] Happy belated Pi Day! This woman took it to whole new level, baking a pie with number-shaped pieces of apple. Count ‘em. It seems a good portion of the digits of pi are there. [A Periodic Table Blog] Worried someone will piece together your shredded personal documents? Well, now you can unprint them instead. [ExtremeTech] Violin strings made from spider silk have a unique timbre. Newscripts gang wonders how “Flight of the Bumblebee” would sound. [BBC] The Newscripts gang has previously pointed out the opening of Booker & Dax, a bar in N.Y.C. that uses centrifuges and rotovaps to make its cocktails. But this firsthand account of the bar includes videos of drinks being lit on fire. So who wouldn’t want to read about it again? [Gizmodo] If you’re wondering what to do with dead jellyfish, one company suggests making them into glow-in-the-dark lamps. [Daily...

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Amusing News Aliquots
Jan26

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. Scientists take another step toward making the highly desired “invisibility cloak,” by masking objects in the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum. Hey hover-board scientists, the Newscripts gang would now like an update on YOUR progress. [BBC News] U.K. chemists develop first magnetic soap. Newscripts gang wonder what happens if you wash with it and then go use the NMR. [PopSci] Retired chemist (of course) figures out how to make hooch taste like high-end whiskey. [Gizmodo] Attention Wine Spectator writers: Be prepared to add “with hints of meteorite” to your wine descriptions. [io9] And in a final shot of alcohol-tinged news, mad scientist and cocktail whiz Dave Arnold opens his own bar. Get your cocktails fresh from the rotovap in NYC at Booker & Dax (2nd Ave. and 13th St.) [NY Post] Who knew that tree rings could compose a musical score? Watch out John Williams, your job might be in jeopardy....

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