Weekly Science Blog Roundup

By Nina Bai | December 12, 2008 7:02 pm

Yee-haw! It’s the blog roundup.• Look up! The biggest full moon in 15 years (if you’re in the Northern hemisphere) will rise tonight…like an extra-large pizza.

• There are more than one billion people in the world who speak Chinese. Still, the Max Planck Institute didn’t bother to find one to proofread the calligraphy splashed across the cover of their science journal. The “classical poem” turned out to be a racy brothel ad.

• Is it a boy or a girl? A baby’s sex may be determined by the father’s genes.

• Scientists find that bats’ echolocation can hit 110 decibels—about as loud as an iPod on full volume.

• Researchers use sarcastic jokes to test for dementia.

• This isn’t a joke: “It’s something that they need to assist them in daily living,” say the creators of the Palm Pistol, an easy-to-shoot handgun designed for senior citizens. Next, the company will try to get the FDA to approve it as a medical device.


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