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Farewell, Newscripts blog!

Dear Readers, The time has come for the Newscripts gang to bid readers of this blog adieu. We’d like to thank everyone who has visited this humble site over the years. Whether you were looking for silly samplings of science news, a bonus to our popular print column, a chemistry-themed holiday gift, or an in-depth look on what happens when you pee in...

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings of this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai and Jeff Huber. RIP, Poppy: Cat has clumsily pawed her last ball of yarn. Credit: Guinness World Records This week, the world’s oldest cat, Poppy, passed away at the age of 24. Family and friends of the feline say that Poppy will miss doing her favorite pastime: not dying. [ABC News] Researchers...

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings of this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. Scientists did pretty much everything else to get this yogurt to you.#howmattersCredit: twitter user @piperjklemm Chobani claims scientists have nothing to do with their 100-calorie yogurt. That’s a relief since science is, after all, “an adulterant...

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. Spacewalk: Photographer Tim Dodd’s photo series is outta this world. Credit: timdoddphotography.com Photographer is the lone bidder on a Russian space flight suit, giving rise to the poignant and funny “Everyday Astronaut” series. [BuzzFeed] Doctors...

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. Relaxing? We don’t think sssssso.Credit: Caters News A zoo in the Philippines has begun offering its patrons a snake massage, in which four pythons crawl over the bodies of their massage subjects. In related news, a zoo in the Philippines has begun...

Amusing News Aliquots

Cat called up from the pen: Years of experience tossing around a ball of yarn will be put to the test on the pitcher’s mound. Credit: ABC A cat named Tara will throw out the first pitch at a class-A baseball game next week in California. Tara says she can’t wait to approach the center of the infield and stand atop its giant litter box. [The Independent] Maine...

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. Directions: Let your shoes be your guide. Credit: Lechal via Springwise.com Because having Siri read you walking directions wasn’t futuristic enough, you can now get haptic footwear that while gently guide you in the direction you should walk. [Springwise] Shampoos...

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. Credit: Newcastle University Praying mantises fitted with world’s tiniest 3D glasses. In other news, praying mantises swarm local movie theater hoping to see “Avatar.” [Pop Sci] Attention male researchers: Step away from the mice. Apparently men’s...

Flame Challenge’s Competitive Field Narrows

Yesterday, the Flame Challenge announced via Twitter their finalists for this year’s contest to answer the question “What is color?” And science enthusiasts everywhere are tickled pink. The Flame Challenge is an annual competition sponsored by Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. As the center’s name suggests, the purpose...

Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai, Bethany Halford, and Jeff Huber. Road trip: Man’s traveling companion just happens to be a ginormus shark. Credit: West Calhoun/Grind TV If you’re going to catch an 800-lb shark and hope to keep it quiet, best to have a full tank of gas. [Grind TV] The powdered alcohol saga continues...

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