Amusing News Aliquots
Aug16

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. Some sneaky chemists are swapping the fat in chocolate with fruit juice. [Futurity] Belgian doctor finds most fertile uteruses have “mathematically perfect” dimensions. Who funds this stuff? [Guardian] Cool kid news: 13-year-old homeschooler finds meteorite with homemade metal detector. [LA Times] The Gates Foundation prepares its grantees with fake poop. [NPR] This woman says the wizarding gene that explains Harry Potter's world might be "caused by an expansion of trinucleotide repeats with non-Mendelian ratios of inheritance." [iO9] Here's looking at you, Cornell: School's researchers scientifically analyze what makes memorable movie quotes memorable. [Technology Review/MIT] Awww, man. Online marketplace Etsy says its vendors can't sell human bones (skulls, skeletons, etc.) Newscripts is gonna have to find some new items for our Holiday Gift Guide....

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Amusing News Aliquots
Apr27

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. MIT’s latest hack—that’s prank to all you landlubbers—might be the coolest yet. Students rigged the windows of a building to play Tetris. [PCWorld] With all the other stuff we’ve been sending into space, it’s about time someone sent a rubber chicken there. [CNET] Enormous bunny rabbits with big, pointy teeth once roamed the Earth. Were they looking for shrubbery? [NPR] Last year, Newscripts wrote about Forbes’ ranking of the 15 wealthiest characters of the fictional universe. But we had a bone to pick with its valuation of Smaug the dragon. Forbes now reconsiders the err of its not-nerdy-enough ways. [Forbes] Why every crematorium needs a metal detector. [Guardian] Seriously, what is up with kids these days? Teenagers are now drinking hand sanitizer for its alcohol content. [LA Times] From the Portlandia files: A retirement home for chickens. [NY Times] Moles beat archaeologists to buried British treasure....

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