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The Sciences

Weird Science Roundup: Wallabies on Drugs, Microsoft Lawsuits, and Predatory Nymphs

DiscoblogBy Allison BondJune 26, 2009 10:31 PM


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• Humans aren't the only ones who can feel the narcotic effects of opium; wallabies can, too. In fact, farmers in Australia have reported that the animals "get high" from munching on the stuff, which grows in open fields, then form crop circles when they repeatedly hop in circles. • Hey, lay off my layout! Bing, Microsoft's new search engine, has been accused of plagiarism by Kayak, a web site that helps customers find inexpensive plane fares. Apparently, Bing looks so similar to Kayak, it's confounding customers. •Talk about DIY: The woman who biopsied and treated her own breast cancer in 1999 while at the South Pole died on Tuesday, June 23. •Remember those one-legged frogs deformed by chemical pollution? Turns out that there may be another explanation for those missing limbs: dragonfly nymphs, which feed on tadpole legs. Tasty! Related Content: Discoblog: It's Raining Tadpoles? Fish, Frogs Shower Japanese Residents Discoblog: Go To Jail—You Smell Like Drugs Discoblog: Move Over, Google: The All-Knowing Search Engine Is Coming Soon

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