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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Among the “10 Worst Jobs in Science” in Popular Science’s annual November listing:
–Harvard researchers in Borneo who catch orangutan urine (in plastic sheets, the way firefighters catch jumpers) for studying reproduction-hormone levels;
–Gear-packing monitors who run toward (not away from) the gases and molten rock of erupting volcanoes (dozens have been killed or wounded);
–U.S. Geological Survey workers at two picturesque California lakes monitoring “extremophile” microbes that thrive in the most putrid environments (work that one says resembles being surrounded by 100 “extremely flatulent people”);
–“Human lab rats” such as students employed in an industry-funded University of California at San Diego study for $15 an hour to have pesticides sprayed into their eyes.
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