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Shopping more like gathering than hunting? (study)

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Brendon Smith joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

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Chris Christie‘s ‘Analysis of the Indexical Values of Swearwords‘

To study how people deploy swear words, there are always more depths to be plumbed. This study plumbs: The Relevance of Taboo Language: An Analysis of the Indexical Values of Swearwords, Christine Christie, Journal of Pragmatics, vol. 58, 2013, pp. 152-169. The author explains: The assumption that the use of a particular word or linguistic []

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Marriage, bacon, and the law, customarily in England

History of the Dunmow Flitch of Bacon Custom, a book byWilliam Andrews, published in 1877, tells of the British custom involving married couples publicly swearing an oath about themselves, in pursuit of free bacon. The Dunmow Flitch: bringing home the bacon, written more recently, by a mildly-anonymous someone else, also tells some history of the []

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Why women wear high heels (new study)

‘Despite the widespread use of high-heeled footwear in both developing and modernized societies, we lack an understanding of this behavioral phenomenon at both proximate and distal levels of explanation.‘ Prompting the development a new (experimentally-tested) hypothesis by David M. G. Lewis, Eric M. Russell, Laith Al-Shawaf, Vivian Ta, Zeynep Senveli, William Ickes and David M. []

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Dakota McCoy and the Blacker-Than-Black Bird Plumage

Biologist Dakota McCoy, (seen here performing with a tray of drinks in hand, in The Incompetence Opera, part of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony) has a new study about color in birds. McCoy, together with colleaguesTeresa Feo,Todd Alan Harvey, andRichard O. Prum, published Structural absorption by barbule microstructures of super black bird of paradise feathers, []

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The Dunning-Kruger Song

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‘Power Posing‘ and the hormone profiles of leaders [research studies]

Back in 2010, a seminal Power Posing‘ study from Columbia University and Harvard University in the US revealed : ‘That a person can, by assuming two simple 1-min poses, embody power and instantly become more powerful has real-world, actionable implications.‘ The research team found that ‘Power Posing‘ not only had effects on observers of the []

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The 100th birthday of Murphy-the Murphy of Murphy‘s Law

If our information is not wrong, Thursday, January 11, 2018 is the 100th birthday of Edward A. Murphy, Jr., the Murphy of Murphy‘s Law. Murphy [pictured here] was posthumously awarded an Ig Nobel Prize, shared with two colleagues. The 2003 Ig Nobel Prize for engineering was awarded to: The lateJohn Paul Stapp, the lateEdward A. []

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Governing cyberspace via ‘Constructive Ambiguity‘ (and Schrdinger‘s cat)

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Robot-Trained Water Gait

Robotics are having an effect on water gait, as described in this study: Robotic gait trainer in water: Development of an underwater gait-training orthosis, Tasuku Miyoshi, Kazuaki Hiramatsu, Shin-Ichiro Yamamoto, Kimitaka Nakazawa, and Masami Akai, Disability and Rehabilitation, vol. 30, no. 2, 2008, pp. 81-87. The authors are at the Shibaura Institute of Technology, the []

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Intentional Fire-Spreading by Raptors in Australia [research study]

Some birds intentionally spread fire from place to place, sometimes in cooperation with other birds, says this new study. Intentional Fire-Spreading by Firehawk‘ Raptors in Northern Australia, Mark Bonta, Robert Gosford, Dick Eussen, Nathan Ferguson, Erana Loveless, and Maxwell Witwer, Journal of Ethnobiology, vol. 37, no. 4, 2017, pp. 700-718.The authors write: We document Indigenous []

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The Value of Bark Codes and Barcodes

Though barcodes are more widely celebrated, bark codes do get some love-rather specialized love. These two reports make both of those facts almost clear. The Value of Bark Codes:Discounts for Bark, Color, and Trash in Cotton: Evidence from the Texas-Oklahoma Market, Dale Shaw, Carlos Engels, Jeff Brown, and Don Ethridge, Proceedings of the Beltwide Cotton []

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‘Stethoscope‘ and other medical poems

If you‘re looking for poetic material with medical themes, the pages of the journal Medical Humanities are a good place to begin. The publication regularly features medically inspired poems turn for example to Volume 37, Issue 1, which features : Stethoscope‘ (by Anne K Merritt) Here‘s an extract : ‘She has wandered with []

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