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10 tips that media library specialists are advised to not follow

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Flow, metaphor, flow: Constructal Law

Some things can remind you about almost everything. (Jane Siberry demonstrated this with her song Everything reminds me of my dog.) Some ideas can explain specific physical patterns-patterns you can see around you if you start looking for them, patterns you can try to measure and ruthlessly compare with each other. And some of those []

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Ig Nobel TICKETS go on sale TODAY at NOON

TICKETS for the 28th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremonywill go on sale today, TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018, at NOON. Tickets will be available exclusively from the Harvard Box Office. Two Iggy extras: 2018 Ig Nobel bookmark (downloadable) 2018 Ig Nobel poster (downloadable)

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Ig Nobel TICKETS go on sale next week

TICKETS for the 28th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremonywill go on sale exactly one week from today: on TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018, at NOON. Tickets will be available exclusively from the Harvard Box Office. RECENT IG NEWS: Exit, pursuing a bear: Farewell Troy Hurtubise Commercializing the Prize-winning Egg-Unboiling Machine Who might you meet at []

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The benefits of watering plants with Club Soda (study)

‘We used six Helzine [sic] soleirolii, commonly known as Baby‘s Tears, plants to conduct our experiment. The plants were divided into two groups, A and B. Both groups were placed in the same amount of sunlight and given the same soil. The plants were fed according to florist instructions. However instead of plain tap water, []

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Professor Kosinski, Generator of Improbable Research

The Guardian profiles Michael Kosinski, a Stanford University assistant professor of organizational behavior. Professor Kosinski is a prolific generator of improbable research: Artificial intelligence (AI)- I was shocked it was so easy‘: meet the professor who says facial recognition can tell if you‘re gay Weeks after his trip to Moscow, Kosinski published acontroversial paperin []

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Umbrellas blowing inside out why‘s it funny?

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What Happens to The Cool Kids, Later In Life [research study]

What Ever Happened to the ‘Cool‘ Kids? Long-Term Sequelae of Early Adolescent Pseudomature Behavior, Joseph P. Allen, Megan M. Schad, Barbara Oudekerk, and Joanna Chango, Child Development, vol. 85, no. 5, 2014, pp. 1866-1880. The authors, at the University of Virginia, explain: In a multimethod, multireporter study following a community sample of 184 adolescents from []

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NEW SERIES OF EVENTS: Improbable Research Table Talks

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Primate Social Behavior in the Operating Room [research study]

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David (Daedalus) Jones, and Perpetual Motion Machines

Perpetual Motion Machines is a documentary film about the great David Jones, creator the Daedalus column that for decades made the readers of New Scientist, Nature, and The Guardian laugh, then think. David took part in the 2001 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, to the great delight of many.

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Professor D‘Arcy on like a contemporary vernacular

‘The selective attention paid to the language of adolescents has led to the enduring belief that young people are ruining the language and that, as a consequence, the language is degenerating. One feature of contemporary vernaculars that is often held up as exemplification of these ideological principles is like, the much-deplored interjection that peppers the []

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