The Saturday Six: Blockbuster has fans hoping for a comeback, scientists explore the best way to split an Oreo and more
The weekend is finally here.
In a busy news week, we learned methods you can use to find cheap flightsfamous soccer player Ali Krieger announced his retirement and we dove in the legal landscape of ski accidents as Oscar-winning actor Gwyneth Paltrow appears in court for a lawsuit relating to a 2016 collision at a Utah resort town.
During this time, a alignment of the five planets is expected in the night sky on March 28, the New Mexico Department of Fish and Game is looking for a professional bear hug and we learned more about egg freezing fertility process.
But that’s not nearly all.
Below is our weekly Saturday six, a recap of half a dozen news stories — in no particular order — ranging from heartfelt to weird to tragic, and everything in between.
- We looked into unregulated market for bodies donated to science. Of the history: Every year, approximately 20,000 people donate their bodies to science for medical research and education. But unlike organ donation, these body parts can be bought and sold for profit — a market with very few federal regulations.
- Scientists have created a seven ingredient 3d printed cheesecake. Of the history: Researchers at Columbia University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have created a seven-ingredient slice of cake using a 3D printer, and they say printing food could be a new baking option with several advantages.
- Rental Retailer Blockbuster ignited nostalgia after the company’s website went live again. Of the history: In a tweet this month, the company joked about the reopening: “New business idea: we’re going to come back as a bank and use VHS and DVDs as our currency. Time to go visit your mother. “
- We found out which cities are the best – and the worst – for those who have seasonal allergies. Of the history: The 2023 “Allergy Capitals” were determined based on pollen scores, over-the-counter medication use and the number of allergy specialists.
- If you want track your tax refundwe found some tips. Of the history: There’s a good reason many workers are eager to get their hands on their refunds — the payment typically represents the biggest check most Americans will receive all year. And while refunds are 11% lower so far this tax season than a year earlier, it’s still a big change, averaging $2,972, according to the latest data from the ‘IRS.
- Finally, if you’re a fan of Oreo cookies, a team of scientists from MIT took on the task of examining the science of Oreos – in particular, the best way to divide them. Of the history: They gave the ironic name “Oreology”, publishing their findings last year in the peer-reviewed journal Physics of Fluids. Determined to get to the bottom of the cream-scatter phenomenon, the team tested more than 1,000 Oreos, according to The Wall Street Journal, which previously reported on the research.
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