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Weird Science Roundup: Toxic Sofas, Ghost Twitterers, and Death Balls from Space!

By Rachel Cernansky
Mar 28, 2009 2:06 AMNov 5, 2019 8:49 AM


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Plants can twitter, but it seems celebrities can't—not on their own, anyway. • Toxic sofas, after being shipped from China with packets of a harmful mold-inhibitor, caused extreme skin rashes and burns on at least 1,600—and possibly tens of thousands not yet identified—people in England. • Science education is under assault in Texas. • In another move of, weirdly, putting animals on birth control, China is putting gerbils on the pill. • Daddy long-legs are threatened by climate change, a gorilla suffered a seizure and was given an MRI, and a campaign helps endangered species by enlisting clothing brands to save their namesakes: Lacoste to the crocodiles' rescue! • Also, we're doomed.

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