Science Saturday

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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's first collection of poetry, A Witness in Exile, is now available through Louisiana Literature Press, and at his personal website. He is Senior Poetry Editor at The Rumpus. More from this author →