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Down a rabbit hole with predators and a philosopher

This paper seems meant to raise questions. Likely it does: Painlessly Killing Predators, Ben Bramble[pictured here], Journal of Applied Philosophy, epub 2020. (Thanks to Achim Reisdorf for bringing this to our attention.) The author explains: Animals suffer harms not only in human captivity but in the wild as well. Some of these latter harms are []

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Recent progress in Pokmon GO studies

Since its launch in 2016 Pokmon GO has attracted a wealth of academic studies - covering the social, psychological, medical, security and legal aspects of the game. [ For those not familiar with the subject, here is some background : Pokmon GO is an augmented reality (AR) mobile game for iOS and Android devices. It []

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Pocket-Sized #1043: ‘Leaping Fish Injuries‘

In Pocket-Sized episode #1043,Marc Abrahamsshows an unfamiliar research study to Nicole Sharp. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue. The research mentioned in this episode is featured in the specialHuman Heads Garlic Juice issue (Vol. 22, #1)of the Annals of Improbable Research Magazine. Remember, ourPatreondonors, on most levels, get access to each podcast episode before []

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Richard Feynman talking about trying to figure out things

Richard Feynman:

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A look back at more sex from A Slob

A Slob was appreciated twelve years ago, in the September, 2008 issue of mini-AIR. Let‘s take a fond look back: 2008-09-08 More Sex From A. Slob Investigator P.J. Finn complains that we have neglected the once-popular feature called Sex From A. Slob. Dr. Slob, investigator Finn reminds us, is based at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. To []

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The Pee Tape: How Mammals Pee So Expeditiously

David Hu, head of the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize-winning urination-duration-research team, has a new animated video explaining that research: The 2015 Ig Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to Patricia Yang, David Hu, Jonathan Pham, and Jerome Choo, for testing the biological principle that nearly all mammals empty their bladders in about 21 seconds (plus []

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Upside down glass of water experiment revisited [study]

Dr Johan Lindnwho is a lecturer at the Faculty of Science, bo Akademi University, Finland, has investigated the (famous) upside down glass of water experiment. But with a crucial variation the card has a hole cut in it. Nevertheless, the water still stays in the glass providing that the hole is small enough. []

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Coffee as a medical treatment for Covid-19

Is coffee an effective medicine to deal with Covid-19? A large team of researchers in France and the UK explore whether that question-the question, not the coffee-is a good way to get people thinking about: how difficult it can be to find an effective treatment for any problem, and how easy it can be to []

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Pocket-Sized #1041: ‘Drunk German Speech‘

In Pocket-Sized episode #1041,Marc Abrahamsshows an unfamiliar research study to Jean Berko Gleason. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue. Remember, ourPatreondonors, on most levels, get access to each podcast episode before it is made public. Jean Berko Gleason encounters: ‘Alcohol Language Corpus. The first public corpus of alcoholized German speech,‘ Florian Schiel, Christian Heinrich, and Sabine []

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Running with bent elbows the mystery continues [study]

Most people tend to walk with their elbows slightly bent. Most people tend to run with their elbows acutely bent. No-one knows why. There is however, a(n) hypothesis. It‘s the ‘Mechanical Tradeoff Hypothesis.‘ which was descibed by Andrew K. Yegian, Yanish Tucker, Stephen Gillinov and Daniel E. Lieberman in their 2019 paper []

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Pocket-Sized #1042: ‘Hot Rod Magazines A Harmless Diversion?‘

In Pocket-Sized episode #1042,Marc Abrahamsshows an unfamiliar research study to Melissa Franklin. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue. Remember, ourPatreondonors, on most levels, get access to each podcast episode before it is made public. Melissa Franklin encounters: Hot Rod Magazines: A Harmless Diversion? Eleanor M. Robinson, The English Journal 54, no. 1 (1965): 36-38. Seth Gliksman, []

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Is This the Most Important Psychology Article Published This Year?

No one has yet (as of this writing) disputed that this is the most important psychology research study published this year: I‘ll Read That!: What Title Elements Attract Readers to an Article? Robert M. Hallock and Tara N. Bennett, Teaching of Psychology, epub 2020.The authors are at Purdue University. Here‘s some detail from the study-from []

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‘Frozen Meat Against COVID-19 Misinformation‘

Scholars begin to try to make sense of the vexed year 2020, in this study: Frozen Meat Against COVID-19 Misinformation: An Analysis of Steak-Umm and Positive Expectancy Violations, Ekaterina Bogomoletc, Nicole M. Lee, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, epub 2020. (Thanks to Faye Flam for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at North []

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The 2020 Ig Nobel Prizes (NY Times for Kids, China)

The New York Times for Kids, China produced this animated introduction to the 2020 Ig Nobel Prizes. It‘s in Chinese, with English subtitles. Part of it is a takeoff on the 2020 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony webcast. We enjoyed collaborating on this, and hope you enjoy watching it.

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