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Best of April Fools So Far

Plant Gene Ring Tones: “My species ring tone sounds a lot like Arabidopsis thaliana. How can I find a better one?”

Science and Nature become one: “readers will have the option of Skyping authors directly to share their thoughts and feelings about a paper simply by clicking that author’s name” Cover of the first issue of Natural Science.

Undergrads sequence sea lion genome: “uses next-generation sequencing technology as one of the tools to investigate the interactions between the large and small organisms within an ecosystem.”

Early review of the iPad: “Anyone who asks this has obviously never sauntered up to a highly fortified UPS depot and emerged with one of the hottest new tech gadgets before anyone else.”


  1. Mary says:

    I liked Peak Olive Oil: http://www.economist.com/displayStory.cfm?story_id=15695933

    And Google books in 3D: go to google books, click a book, click the 3D icon near the top.

    1. James says:

      Clearly the solution is to begin producing an olive oil substitute from corn…. bio-olive oil? ethan-olive?

  2. Kara says:

    Johns Hopkins gave up on getting people to say the first ‘s’ in their name: http://webapps.jhu.edu/jhuniverse/featured/naming_announcement_april01/

    1. James says:

      Haha, I like that one!

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