Amusing News Aliquots
Dec01

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. Chimps that frequently throw poop have more highly developed brains, researchers say. The Newscripts gang recently saw a gorilla drink its own pee at the zoo. We’d like a grant to investigate. [Physorg.com] Watch out seismologists. The toads know something you don’t. These critters may use chemical clues to detect earthquakes. [BBC] You feast on turkey, but in Tennessee microbes feast upon a quarter-ton of roofing shingles, 5 tons of construction debris, some gasoline and diesel fuel, a dead deer, and an armadillo. [The Tennessean] And we thought getting a permit for a new deck was tough. Wonder what the guy who wants to build two 10-story Tesla coils will have to show his town planning board.  [TechZwn] Seventy-five percent of U.K.-grown oysters contain “winter vomiting bug.” Thank you, Brits, for turning “norovirus” into something more colorfully descriptive. [BBC News] No science here, just stunning chocolate sculptures and a silly caption writer....

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