Amusing News Aliquots
Nov07

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. Japan’s Liberation Wrapper now lets a woman feel—and more importantly, look—dainty and demur while stuffing her face with a burger. [Elite Daily] You know what would round out your application for that tenure-track faculty job? A scan of your butt. [Pan kisses Kafka] via [In the Pipeline] Giant rubber ducky explodes in Taiwan. Somewhere a giant Ernie sobs. [News.com.au] Robot beats human in rock-paper-scissors every time. It cheats, but our eyes and brains are too slow to realize it. RoboWar is upon us, and they’re winning. [BBC] Meanwhile, Cornell University is training robots to hold knives without stabbing humans. Why are we giving them knives?! Sealing our own fate right there. [NBC News] Air pollution is making it difficult for China to spy on its citizens. Don't worry, though, because China is fixing the problem: They're making their surveillance cameras even stronger. [Quartz] From Nobel-winning research to the novelty ice cream shelf: Entrepreneur uses green fluorescent protein to make ice cream that glows when you lick it. [CBS] Looks like they made a film, called “Spinning Plates,” about dreamy chef Grant Achatz and his gastronomical science. [Fast Company] Scientists posit that King Tut died in a chariot accident, but they remain mum (pun intended!) on the effect such an accident had on future pharaohs' chariot insurance rates. [Jalopnik]  ...

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Amusing News Aliquots
Aug02

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings of this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. Chemcraft nostalgia: Ah, the good old days of chemistry sets with cyanide and uranium dust. [iO9] Meth-cooking chemist sets up early for the ACS meeting. [Philly Inquirer] Using a 3-D printer to replicate your own brain in chocolate: hilarious and fun [Newscripts]. But using a 3-D printer to replicate your unborn fetus as a keepsake statue in clear “amniotic” resin? We think this might be crossing over into the Creepy Zone. [iO9] Deep-sea squid breaks off its arms to confuse predators and then flee. And you thought Arm Fall Off Boy was a lame DC Comics superhero. Shows what you know. [Gizmodo] Fish in Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace. [WA Today] If you’ve got a smartphone and 100 million yen, you could control this massive, gun-toting robot. [Guardian] You can keep your fancy office espresso machine. The Newscripts gang would prefer this pancake-making machine any day....

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Amusing News Aliquots
Jun28

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news, compiled by Bethany Halford and Lauren Wolf. First it beats you at rock, paper, scissors, then it takes over the world. Robot can read a person “like a dumb, fleshy book” and win every time. [iO9] If the bar scene and online dating aren’t helping you find the love of your life, this article suggests submitting a stinky T-shirt to a pheromone party. [USA Today] To fund colonization of Mars, Dutch firm suggests it will stage a “Big Brother”-like reality show following the first astronauts it sends there. Earth rejoices at opportunity to offload entire lot of Kardashians. [Space.com] What do Michael Jackson, Hedy Lamar, and the comedian Gallagher all have in common? Patents on file with the USPTO. [Wired] Presented without comment: Men’s far infrared magnetic underwear. [Annals of Improbable Research] This story gives new meaning to never taking candy from a stranger: peppermint lozenges accidently filled with arsenic in the 1800s. [iO9]...

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Amusing News Aliquots
Nov03

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week's science news. Sure, we call them rats with wings. But pigeons’ feathers sure are pretty. Here’s why. [io9] Robot uses the force—van der Waals force, that is—to climb walls gecko-style. [Bretibart] Hate your mom’s brussels sprouts? Don’t blame her cooking. Blame her genes. [Guardian] If this isn’t silly science, we don’t know what is: Ghost tracking gadgets. [NPR] Tell the doctor doing your colonoscopy to turn off the Springsteen and crank up the Mozart. [Annals of Improbable Research] Not really news, but it makes us laugh: The Occupy Your Flask movement....

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