Amusing News Aliquots
Sep01

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. Firing laser beams at the sky could make it rain. No word on what angry sea bass will do with this technology. [Guardian] “Science Friday” takes on the origin of the word “chemistry.” [NPR] From the ACS meeting: Twelve months of studying panda poop to improve biofuel production? Where do we sign up? [iO9] Coral makes its own sunscreen, researchers say. Apparently, the organism just got tired of waiting for Banana Boat to make a lotion that lasts underwater indefinitely. [ScienceDaily] The wags over at the Annals of Improbable Research seem to be having a ball at the ACS meeting. [AIR] Salt of the earth vs. salt of the sea.  [NY Times] Why you should never bring a UV lamp into a hotel room....

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Amusing News Aliquots
Jun16

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news. Compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. And you thought your rotovap condenser was cool. Check out Luke Jerram’s blown glass microbes. [Glass Microbiology] Scientists one step closer to sharks that can shoot frickin’ laser beams out of their eyes. Researchers at Harvard produce the first “living” laser from a single cell. [BBC] The 20th century way to herd cattle: Horses. The 21st century way: Hoverbikes. [Hover-bike] Male cleaner fish punish their female partners for eating too much. Rather than wanting the ladies to maintain their girlish figures, the males want them to stay, well, female. [Live Science] Graduation goes green. Caltech grads don caps and gowns made from recycled bottles. [LA Times] Compound in waxy monkey leaf frog’s skin could stop tumor growth. Although this is interesting news, the Newscripts gang just likes saying “waxy monkey leaf frog.”...

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