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Swole, buzzy, among new words in Merriam-Webster dictionary

BOSTON (AP) — Get swole, prepare a bug-out bag, grab a go-cup and maybe you'll have a better chance of surviving the omnicide. Translation: Hit the gym and bulk up, put a bunch of stuff essential for survival in an easy-to-carry bag, grab a drink...


For sale to the highest bidder: A 12-pound chunk of the moon

BOSTON (AP) — Anyone who can't make it to the moon to gather a few lunar rocks now has the opportunity to buy one right here on Earth. A 12-pound (5.5 kilogram) lunar meteorite discovered in Northwest Africa last year is up for auction by...


Boss revenge, self-colonoscopy studies win 2018 Ig Nobels

BOSTON (AP) — Anyone who's ever been so furious with their boss that they feel like exacting revenge really needs to listen to Lindie Liang. Liang and her colleagues found that abusing a virtual voodoo doll instead of your boss will make you feel b...


Research on big ears, crocodile gambling wins Ig Nobels

BOSTON (AP) — Scientists who discovered that old men really do have big ears, that playing the didgeridoo helps relieve sleep apnea and that handling crocodiles can influence gambling decisions are among this year's recipients of the Ig Nobel, the...


Where are the trees? Not Paris, new 'Green View Index' finds

BOSTON (AP) — Where are the trees? More important, where aren't the trees? A lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is helping some of the world's cities answer both questions in an attempt to make them more pleasant places to live and...


Scholars who studied liars, put pants on rats win Ig Nobels

BOSTON (AP, posted Sept. 23, 2016) — A Swede who wrote a trilogy about collecting bugs, an Egyptian doctor who put pants on rats to study their sex lives and a British researcher who lived like an animal have been named winners of the Ig Nobels,... Full story


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