Friday, 8 April 2016

Combat Dolphins and Rocket power measured in Elephants: the most weird and wonderful articles in March

With another month down, I can proudly announce my roundup of the most interesting articles I read in March is here! 

If you think any of these articles deserves more coverage, please leave a comment and I'll probably write an article about it just for you – I'm nice like that! 

Let's get to it...

Should young scientists be fighting for their employment rights the same way junior doctors are?

Young scientists are caught in the middle of student and professional and are therefore treated as a hybrid of both - expected to work 24/7 but for very little money and recognition, relative to their contributions.

How many Elephants worth of energy does a rocket launch use up?

Because why the hell not?!?! Turns out it's quite a lot... 

This comic almost perfectly illustrates what has happened to Twitter

Turns out Russia and the USA use Combat Dolphins

Yep, you read that right...

Apparently in Japan there's a trend towards choosing partners based on whether your blood types are compatible

Helpful note: your blood type has NO influence on your personality in any way!

Flies could theoretically falsely place someone at a crime scene 

I hope the writers of the show 'The people vs OJ' have seen this... 

Driverless cars have been in a few scrapes, but could they survive a fatal accident?

Driverless cars have received fairly reasonable coverage over the one or two minor bumps the cars have been involved in (only one was the car's fault) but how the new technology weathers its first fatal accident could make or break this technology.

Despite a misleading press release no, scientists have not created a way to instantly upload knowledge to the brain

What they actually did was measure the brain activity of expert pilots in a flight simulator and then tried to improve performance of novice pilots in a simulator by stimulating their brains in an attempt to mimic the brain activity seen in the expert pilots. Turns out the researchers had patents pending on the technology used and the test subjects were employees of the company that produced the tech - what conflict of interest???

What if you channeled Niagara Falls through a straw?

It would end very, very badly...

This was a very weird month for science articles. I'm sure normal service will resume shortly – although I hope it doesn't!


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