How now, warm cow [Podcast 50]

February 10th, 2016

Heat loss from a cow — that’s the deal in this week’s Improbable Research podcast.

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This week, Marc Abrahams  —with dramatic readings by Daniel Rosenberg — tells about:

The mysterious John Schedler or the shadowy Bruce Petschek perhaps did the sound engineering this week.

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Consumer alert: Schizophrenic reportage on schizophrenia

February 9th, 2016

Consumer beware. The past month has supplied these two items:
(1)  In Scientific American: ” ‘Schizophrenia Gene’ Discovery
(2) In BMJ (the publication formerly called British Medical Journal): ” ‘Schizophrenia’ does not exist


Is a paramecium Paisley?

February 9th, 2016

Is a paramecium shaped in a Paisley design? You decide, or not, if you want to bother thinking about it at all:

Improbable research at AAAS in Washington Saturday night

February 8th, 2016

You (yes, you!) are invited to join us at the Improbable Research session this Saturday night in Washington DC. It’s part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting.

Where/When:  Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St NW, in the Diplomat Ballroom / Saturday, February 13, 2016, 8:00-10:00 pm.

This is the 21st (or maybe 22nd) consecutive year we’re doing a special public session at the meeting. This year, you will meet:

This special evening session is open free to the public. The session always overflows the room, so we suggest you arrive a bit early.

PREPARATION TIP: You may not be familiar with cat videos. Here, for your edification, is a cat video:


mini-AIR February issue: Snakes on/in/off planes

February 8th, 2016

The February issue of mini-AIR (our monthly e-mail newsletter just went out. (mini-AIR is a wee little supplement to the magazine). Topics include:

  • Snakes in the Plane
  • Snakes-on-an-Inclined-Plane Limerick Contest
  • Mouse Without Shakes, On and Off a Plane
  • and more
It also has info about upcoming events.

Mel [pictured here] says, “It’s swell.”

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