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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ACS Mole Checks Out DC Cherry Blossom Parade
Apr23

ACS Mole Checks Out DC Cherry Blossom Parade

The ACS mole mascot put in an appearance at last weekend's National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, D.C. Doug Dollemore, a senior science writer in the ACS Office of Public Affairs, manned the mole suit. Would-be moles need to be 5'7" to 5'11" to fit in the suit, which has a fan in its head to keep the "mole"nteer cool. The mole was part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival delegation, which also included the Math Tree, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, a robotics club from Rockville, and a large mechanical spider from Vancouver,...

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