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Thinking From Outside the Wrapped Box

Self awareness, teamed with Kim awareness and Bae awareness, produced this study about unwrapping wrapped boxes: Exploring the First Momentary Unboxing Experience with Aesthetic Interaction, Chajoong Kim, James A. Self, and Jieun Bae, The Design Journal, vol. 21, no. 3, 2018, pp. 417-438. Here‘s detail from the study: The authors are at UNIST (Ulsan National []

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John B. Cole joins the Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

John B. Cole has joined the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). He says: I am currently the PEAK Sr. VP for Research and Development at URUS Group LP, the largest producer of dairy and beef cattle semen in the US. Before joining PEAK, I was a Research Geneticist for 12 years and Acting []

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Lemmy Del Cid joins the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Social Scientists

Lemmy Del Cid has joined the The Luxuriant Flowing, Former, or Facial Hair Club for Social Scientists (LFFFHCfSS), sibling club of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). He says: I knew from the very beginning of my life, when I was a baby, that I wanted to grow my hair out. My father []

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John B. Cole joins the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

John B. Cole has joined the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). He says: I am currently the PEAK Sr. VP for Research and Development at URUS Group LP, the largest producer of dairy and beef cattle semen in the US. Before joining PEAK, I was a Research Geneticist for 12 years and Acting []

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Gently Rocking Fruit Flies to Sleep

Innovation seldom ceases in the global effort to learn better ways to get flies, and perhaps people, to get to sleep. Sleep Induction by Mechanosensory Stimulation in Drosophila, Arzu Ozturk-Colak, Sho Inami, Joseph R. Buchler, Patrick D. McClanahan, Andri Cruz, Christopher Fang-Yen, and Kyunghee Koh, Cell, vol. 33, no. 108462, 2020. The authors, at Thomas []

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Froylan Sosa joins the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Froylan Sosa has joined the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). Peter Hansen, who nominated him, says: Froylan Sosa is a DVM studying for his PhD in animal molecular and cellular biology at the University of Florida. He is interested in reproductive physiology and thermal physiology. Much of his current research focuses on a []

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Dead Reckoning at a Top Medical Journal

The BMJ, formerly named The British Medical Journal, published this notice today, in which they regretfully bury a recent new policy: Reversing our decision to charge for placing a BMJ obituary February 23, 2021 At the beginning of February, we introduced a new policy to charge a fee for people wishing to place an obituary []

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Podcast Episode #1057: ‘Fifty Shades, by Gray‘

In Podcast Episode #1057,Marc Abrahamsshows an unfamiliar research study to physicist 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: The Science of Style: In Fashion, Colors Should Match Only Moderately, Kurt Gray, Peter Schmitt, Nina Strohminger, Karim []

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The use of woodcutting ants as characters in Brazilian Nativity-scenes [study]

Ants were in use as miniaturized characters in Brazilian nativity scenes until at least the 1960s. ‘Present in Brazil since the beginning of Portuguese colonization, crche nativity scenes were soon adapted to local reality, a propitious circumstance for the appearance of heterodox conceptions and the use of exotic elements of the fauna and flora peculiar []

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Update on Didgeridoo and Snoring

A fairly recent Swiss TV report about the results of the didgeridoo / snoring research that won an Ig Nobel Prize: https://media.swissinfo.ch/media/video/232b1bc6-3e0a-4da4-b18f-dd8ca49dc223/rendition/0aef76fa-9aab-4008-aad9-bde44470b72b.mp4 The 2017 Ig Nobel Peach Prize was awarded to Milo Puhan, Alex Suarez, Christian Lo Cascio, Alfred Zahn, Markus Heitz, and Otto Braendli, for demonstrating that regular playing of a didgeridoo is []

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COVID Vaccination and Fried-Chicken-Craving

A colleague in El Paso, Texas, writes: I received a COVID vaccination today. By the time I was released to go home after receiving the shot, I had an unusual and insatiable desire for fried chicken. I had to make a detour to a chicken place on the way home. This [the video, of Doug []

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How Much Older Do You Get When a Wrinkle Appears on Your Face? [study]

‘In spite of the presumed relevance of wrinkles on facial age, the topic has received little attention in empirical literature.‘ Prompting J.Antonio Aznar-Casanova (University of Barcelona, Spain) along with Nelson Alves (Universidade Federal da Paraba, Brazil) and Srgio S Fukusima (University of So Paulo, Brazil) to perform a set of two experiments to help clarify []

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Podcast Episode #1056: ‘Egg in Your Eye‘

In Podcast Episode #1056,Marc Abrahamsshows an unfamiliar research study to psycholinguist 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: ‘Here‘s Egg in Your Eye‘: A Prospective Study of Blunt Ocular Trauma Resulting from Thrown Eggs, []

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