THE IGNOBEL PRIZE WINNERS ARE HERE! | The Scicurious Brain What rewards: Failed Doomsday Predictions, Beer-Loving Beetles, Effects of a Full Bladder on Decision-Making, The “Theory of Structured Procrastination”, and the Wasabi Fire Alarm? Why, the IgNobel prizes do! The prizes that make you laugh, and then make you think. And then, maybe, become really useful.
tracking nanotech Bone is one of nature’s surprising “building materials.” Pound-for-pound it’s stronger than steel, tough yet resilient. Scientists and the important role citrate plays, work that may help science better understand and treat or prevent bone diseases such as osteoporosis. Using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, U.S.
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Put your hand up if you ran from doorbells, hid behind pant legs, and avoided eye contact with grownups as a shy little kid. Brothers and sisters, if your hand is up right now, you are not alone. Yes, mute as a mouse, quiet as a cat, I was a short, snotty, bedhead-smeared ghost of a child until about eight years old. That was when I was head-yanked out of my turtle shell by a cotton-white, curly-haired, crinkly-smiled teacher who pushed me every single day.
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Big little news from Queensland, as reported by Celeste Biever and Lisa Grossman for New Scientist magazine: Longest experiment sees pitch drop after 84-year waitThe pitch has dropped – again. This time, the glimpse of a falling blob of tar, also called pitch, represents the first result for the world’s longest-running experiment…. Up-and-running since 1930, the experiment is based at the University of Queensland in Australia and seeks to capture blobs of pitch as they drip down, agonisingly slowly, from their parent bulk.The Queensland experiment already features in the Guinness World Records and won an IgNobel prize in 2005.
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Selected from Michael Moncur's Collection of Quotations - April 16, 2014 If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done. Peter Ustinov (1921 - 2004) Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness.
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Right-handers can be made to think like lefties - life - 26 March 2011 WHETHER right or left-handed, people associate "good" with their dominant side. But if that displeases you, it can be changed. A team led by Daniel Casasanto at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, showed 13 people who had had strokes a cartoon character in between two squares, and told them that it "loves zebras and thinks they are good, but hates pandas and thinks they are bad". They then asked them which square the character would put each animal in. All 13 people had once been right-handed, but eight had lost control of their right sides.
Microbial methane and the end-Permian extinction A study finds that the catastrophic end-Permian extinction event may have been related to the evolution of a new microbial mechanism to convert organic carbon to methane, an ability catalyzed by an abundance of nickel resulting from Siberian volcanism. Oxytocin might enhance group-serving lying In an experiment where participants could benefit their group by lying, 60 participants who received oxytocin lied to a greater extent and more readily than 60 participants who did not, but when lying benefitted only the individual, those who received oxytocin did not lie any more than those who did not receive oxytocin, suggesting that oxytocin might influence people to act in the best interest of their group, even if the actions include dishonesty, according to a study.