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People Who Binge Drink Are More Popular, Science Says

A room of very, very cool people, apparently. (Wikipedia)

Go grab the nearest alcohol vaporizer, because it’s been proven that binge drinkers are cooler than all their friends.

Men and women who frequently participate in heavy drinking tend to have higher social standings within their friend groups, the Daily Beast reports. The study, called Drinking to Reach the Top (guess we’ll have to rename our autobiography), is scheduled to appear in the October issue of Addictive Behaviors. Read More

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Biologists Name New Water Mite Species After Jennifer Lopez

J.Lo the human (not the water mite). (Wikipedia)

It’s cool to win a Grammy or go platinum or get a dumb guest role on an episode of Glee, but nowadays the true mark of musical achievement is having a gross-looking bug named after you.

Jennifer Lopez has become the namesake of a new species of water mite found near Puerto Rico, the AP reports. Biologists named the mite Litarachna lopezae not just because Ms. Lopez has Puerto Rican heritage, but also because they rocked out (as biologists do) to her music as they wrote about their discovery. Read More

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Chinese Volunteers Eat Mealworms For 105 Days To See If They’d Make Good Astronaut Food

DINNER TIME. (Wikimedia Commons)

What a week it’s been for space travel! Yesterday, we told you about the Israeli group that’s trying to send the Torah to the moon. Now, let us share with you the tale of three Chinese volunteers who ate bugs for three months to see if they’d make good astronaut food.

For 105 days, three Chinese volunteers lived in a sealed-off biosphere and ate a diet consisting mainly of mealworms, the Daily Mail reports. Read More

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Terrifying New Wasp Species Named After Harry Potter Creature

The Ampulex dementor. (Ohl et al.)

After a round of public voting, a newly-discovered Thai wasp species has officially been named Ampulex dementor, inspired by the soul-sucking dementors in Harry Potter.

Dementors — for those who don’t live and breathe fictional wizardry — are hooded, flying creatures that suck victims’ souls out through their mouths, leaving them cold, lifeless shells of their former selves. Read More

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Kids Become Psychos When They Bite Chunks Out of Food, Science Says

Kids being k-k-kraaaazy (Wikimedia Commons)

Sometimes, when there’s nothing on TV and all its friends are busy, Science gets really bored and comes up with experiments like this: do kids act more aggressively when they bite chunks out of their food with their front teeth, or when their food is cut up?

Apparently, kids who use their teeth to tear off bites of food tend to behave twice as aggressively as those who eat food cut up with a knife and fork, the Daily Mail reports. Read More

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Food Inventor Creates Viagra Ice Cream

Dig in. (Wikimedia Commons)

If you thought chocolate covered strawberries and oysters were aphrodisiacs, wait until you’ve tried Viagra ice cream.

After bringing us roast beef, horseradish and glow-in-the-dark jellyfish ice cream, food inventor Charlie Harry Francis of the Lick Me I’m Delicious blog decided to take the gelato game to the next level, the Latin Times reported.

On his blog, Mr. Francis describes creating a champagne-flavored, Viagra-laced ice cream upon a special request from an anonymous A-list celebrity. Read More

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Bill Nye to Debate Founder of Creationist Museum

Bill Nye at a DWTS wrap party because sure why not. (Photo: Getty)

The founder of Kentucky’s Creation Museum has challenged Bill Nye to a battle of the wits. And, lucky for everyone, the inspiration for everyone’s favorite parody Twitter account accepted.

It all stems from a video Mr. Nye posted last year, Dangerous Minds reports. In it, the scientist posited that, hey, maybe we should tell kids about evolution in schools instead of pushing religious doctrine? Read More

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Scientists Are 3D Printing Poop Now–You Know, For Science

So lifelike.

We’ve been wondering what 3D printers can really be used for aside from manufacturing hairless Troll dolls and illegal guns. Lo and behold, the answer is full scale replicas of poop–special eff-excrements, if you will.

In researching this story, Betabeat learned of a whole new world of poop categorization known as the Bristol Stool Form Scale, or BSFS, via Discover Mag. It’s a measurement system for figuring out how long your doo doo has been traveling through your intestines. It involves looking at one’s waste and describing it with a range of verbal descriptors named after food, like “sausage” and “chicken nuggets.” Appetizing. Read More