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‘Ingredients in Victoria‘s Secret Bombshell and Ivanka Trump eaux de parfums that repel mosquitoes‘ [research study]

Humanity‘s war against mosquitoes still rages, after the failure of another new strategy. This study gives details of the failure: Ingredients in Victoria‘s Secret Bombshell and Ivanka Trump eaux de parfums that repel mosquitoes, FangfangZeng,PingxiXu,KaimingTan,PauloZarbin,WalterLeal, BioRxiv, August 3, 2017, doi.org/10.1101/172304. The authors, at the University of California Davis and Universidade Federal do Paran, Brazil,report: W

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Slowing down ping pong for TV (study)

‘The medial [sic] appeal of table tennis seems to go down in terms of TV hours, at least outside Asia. One of the reasons is the fact that the speed of the game is nowadays so high that it is very hard for spectators to follow the balls.‘ So, in terms of slowing down the []

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Ksenia Romanenko joins the Luxuriant Flowing, Former, or Facial Hair Club for Social Scientists

Ksenia Romanenko has joinedtheLFFFHCfSS - The Luxuriant Flowing, Former, or Facial Hair Club for Social Scientists. She says: I‘m a junior researcher involved in research projects on social anthropology, higher education research, and science communication. I guess my flowing hair often helps me to make a good impression during interviews and other moments of qualitative []

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Do Interruptions Affect Quality of Work? (study)

Dr. Cyrus K. Foroughi (U.S. Naval Research Lab) is, amongst other things, an expert on interruptions. In 2014, working with Nicole E. Werner, Erik T. Nelson and Deborah A. Boehm-Davis he was able to experimentally demonstrate that interruptions can affect the quality of work in a negative way. Thus it‘s suggested that the answer []

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Ig Nobel ceremony on September 14 ( One month from today!)

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Shocking Mushrooms Technique (report)

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Forensic Comparison: Sex With Animals vs Human-Butt-Fisting

The traditional method of literary analysis known as Compare and Contrast gets a workout in this newly published medical study: Similar mechanisms of traumatic rectal injuries in patients who had anal sex with animals to those who were butt-fisted by human sexual partner, Damian Jacob Sendler, Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, vol. 51, 2017, []

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Scientist who uplifted a frog did not support the Chinese brassiere

News reports say that Andre Geim (who won an Ig Nobel physics prize for using magnets to levitate a frog, and then won a Nobel physics prize for discovering how to obtain and study the virtually-two-dimensional form of carbon known as graphene) - discovered that a Chinese brassiere manufacturer is falsely claiming that he, Andre []

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Soap Film Opera, fluid dynamically, in France

A series of musico-visual treats - in a new genre called soap film opera - are being produced by Florence Elias and her colleagues atLaboratoire Matire et Sytmes Complexes, Universit Paris Diderot and at CNRS. The genre marries soap film, fluid dynamics, music, and videography. Here are three samples - Habaera from Carmen, Lucilla, and []

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‘All these papers were deliberately bad‘

All these papers were deliberately bad. They were created with the purpose of exposing exploitative publishing practices. That is, the works collected here were sting operations on predatory journals. So says the introduction to the bookStinging the Predators: A collection of papers that should never have been published, assembled by Zen Faulkes. Falkes is a []

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Can trends in baby‘s names foreshadow major social events? (new study)

‘Before 1992, the names ‘Hillary‘ and ‘Hilary‘ had been increasing in popularity for several decades. After 1992, however, their popularity dropped suddenly 10-fold.‘ - explains Stefano Ghirlanda who is Professor of Psychology, Biology, and Anthropology, Brooklyn College, CUNY, and Founder and fellow, Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution, Stockholm University. With this in mind, []

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Towards robotic goosebumps

‘Although there have been many researches on artificial haptic-sensory skin and discussions of materials for facial expression, we can find few trials related to expressions on surface of robots. Explain a research team from Dr. Tomoko Yonezawa‘s labat Kansai University Osaka, Japan, prompting them to become one of the first teams worldwide (perhaps the first) []

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