Science Saturday


Lots of fascinating science news this week. Here we go.

The IgNobel Prizes were given out last night, and the honored research included a bra that doubles as a gas mask, diamonds made from tequila, and the discovery that an empty beer bottle can cause more damage as a weapon than a full one. And the most important discovery: cracking knuckles will not lead to arthritis. Let the rejoicing begin.

Nissan has developed robots that move autonomously and avoid both obstacles and each other.

Say hello to Ardipithecus ramidus, the latest transitional fossil to be placed in the human ancestral chain.

And finally, I worry that from this technology, it’s only a small step until someone mounts lasers on a fricking shark’s head.

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →