mini-Annals of Improbable Research ("mini-AIR")

January 2013, issue number 2013-01. ISSN 1076-500X.

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2013-01-01 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

2013-01-02 Imminent Events

2013-01-03 In the Magazine: The Special Ig Nobel Issue

2013-01-04 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Clay Modeling and Chocolate Craving

2013-01-05 Improbable/Ig shows at AAAS and in Europe

2013-01-06 Fraud Brainstorming Limerick Competition

2013-01-07 Shoulder Sampling Poet

2013-01-08 MORE IMPROBABLE: Sherlock, Sniffs, Sloths

2013-01-09 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Clay Modeling and Cat Dissection

2013-01-10 Improbable Research Events

2013-01-11 -- How to Get the Magazine (*)

2013-01-12 -- Our Address (*)

2013-01-13 -- Please Forward/Post This Issue! (*)

2013-01-14 -- How to start or stop receiving this newsletter (*)

 

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2013-01-02 Imminent Events

 

AAAS Annual Meeting, Boston, USA    — Feb 16, 2013

Denmark, Sweden, UK                 - Mar 4 - Apr 7, 2013

 

      Full schedule at <http://goo.gl/tzwJt>

 

 

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2013-01-03 In the Magazine: The Special Ig Nobel Issue

 

The special Ig Nobel Prize issue of the Annals of Improbable Research is now out as an e-book, and also in traditional paper-and-ink form:

      <http://goo.gl/9FFE0>

 

We now publish each issue of the magazine as an e-book, and also — exactly the same content — on paper. We invented a simple way to make magazine issues into standard e-books that are comfy to read on tiny screens, as well as big screens.

 

      FREE E-BOOK ISSUE: <http://goo.gl/BMzMw>

      All issues of the magazine: http://www.improbable.com/magazine/>

 

 

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2013-01-04 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Clay Modeling and Chocolate Craving

 

This month's research spotlights both Clay Modeling and Chocolate Craving:

 

"Use of a Clay Modeling Task to Reduce Chocolate Craving," Jackie Andrade, Sally Pears, Jon May, David J. Kavanagh, Appetite, vol. 58, no. 3, June 2012, pp. 955-63. <http://goo.gl/vcLNU> The authors, at the University of Plymouth, UK, and Queensland University of Technology, Australia, explain:

 

"Experiment 1 showed that spending 10 min constructing shapes from modeling clay (plasticine) reduced participants' craving for chocolate compared with spending 10 min 'letting your mind wander'.... Experiment 2 compared effects on craving of a simpler verbal task (counting by ones) and clay modeling. Clay modeling reduced overall craving strength and strength of craving imagery, and reduced the frequency of thoughts about chocolate.... Clay modeling might be a useful self-help tool to help manage craving for chocolate, snacks and other foods."

 

 

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2013-01-05 Improbable/Ig Nobel shows at AAAS and in Europe

 

Lots of Improbable Research shows coming up.

 

In BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, at the AAAS Annual Meeting, our annual Improbable Research session happens on Saturday night, Feb. 16. This show is open to the public, free (most of the AAAS meeting is not).

The lineup includes:

 

<> GEORGE WOLFORD, Ig Nobel winner (brain activity in a dead salmon)

<> DR. DEBORAH ANDERSON, Ig Nobel winner (effect of Coca-Cola on sperm motility)

<> Daniel Rosenberg (performing Moments of Science)

<> ROBIN ABRAHAMS (letter from the Chinese translator of the Ig book)

<> CORKY WHITE ("How I catered a Roman orgy for Harvard Professors")

<> DR. THOMAS MICHEL and soprano MARIA FERRANTE will perform songs from Ig Nobel Operas

<> GUS RANCATORE (of Toscanini's ICE CREAM, will unveil newly invented, scientifical ice cream flavors)

<> HUMAN SPOTLIGHTS JIM BREDT and KATRINA ROSENBERG will illuminate the proceedings

<> Eight-year-old MISS SWEETIE POO, who will keep things moving briskly

 

In March and April, there will be shows in:

 

      <> DENMARK (Aarhus, Odense, Copenhagen.

 

      <> SWEDEN (The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm)

 

      <> THE UK (LONDON, BRISTOL, and OTHER CITIES TO BE ANNOUNCED).

 

      <> FRANCE (Details TBA).

 

FULL SCHEDULE: <http://www.improbable.com/improbable-research-shows/complete-schedule/>

 

UK TOUR (a partial listing. Additional shows will be announced soon):

< http://www.improbable.com/improbable-research-shows/ig-uk-tour/>

 

 

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2013-01-06 Fraud Brainstorming Limerick Competition

 

Fraud brainstorming inspires this month's limerick competition. To enter, compose an original limerick that illuminates the nature of this report:

 

"Auditors' Use of Brainstorming in the Consideration of Fraud: Reports from the Field," Joseph F. Brazel, Tina D. Carpenter and J. Gregory Jenkins, The Accounting Review, vol. 85, no. 4, 2010, pp. 1273-1301. <http://goo.gl/ApUh2> The authors, at North Carolina State University, the University of Georgia, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, explain:

 

"while we attempted to ask relevant and clearly stated questions it is possible that our respondents may have not understood the survey questions or we may have failed to include sufficient questions to obtain all the important data."

 

PRIZE: The winning poet will receive (if we manage to send it to the correct address) a free (and conceivably stormy), e-book issue of the Annals of Improbable Research. Send your limerick to:

 

      FRAUD BRAINSTORMING LIMERICK COMPETITION

      c/o <[email protected]>

 

 

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2013-01-07 Shoulder Sampling Poet

 

The judges have chosen a winner for last month's Shoulder Sampling Limerick Competition, which asked for a limerick to honor the study "Should Styrene be Sampled on the Left or Right Shoulder? — An Important Question in Employee Self-Assessment" <http://goo.gl/pqLVI>

 

The winner is INVESTIGATOR ERIC JENSEN, who writes:

 

For styrene there'd been some confusion:

Which shoulder for sensing diffusion?

   This sensible study,

   Clears waters once muddy:

*Wherever*'s the final conclusion.

 

From LIMERICK LAUREATE MARTIN EIGER:

 

Styrene vapor detectors detect

Styrene vapor, a well-known effect.

   On both shoulders, they claim,

   The data's the same,

Which they somehow seemed not to expect.

 

 

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2013-01-08 MORE IMPROBABLE: Sherlock, Sniffs, Sloths

 

Recent improbable bits you maybe missed:

 

NEW MEMBERS of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS):

<> Bob Fitzmorris <http://goo.gl/UiW5P>

<> Markus Janczyk <http://goo.gl/LfEQr>

 

IMPROBABLE BLOG:

<> New Sherlock Holmesian research on bicycle tracks

      <http://goo.gl/MNSjE>

<> “Post-Nasal Drip Syndrome: A Symptom to Be Sniffed At?”

      <http://goo.gl/DSXJS>

<> Moral judgment and the relative lengths of your fingers

      <http://goo.gl/S4JHf>

... and more at <http://improbable.com>

 

IMPROBABLE NEWSPAPER COLUMN:

<> The energetic pursuit of sloths

      <http://goo.gl/cLqBX>

 

NEW BOOK: "This Is Improbable" <http://goo.gl/brcd8>

 

      blog: <http://www.improbable.com>

      twitter: @ImprobResearch, @IgNobel

      facebook: <http://www.facebook.com/improbableresearch>

 

 

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2013-01-09 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Clay Modeling and Cat Dissection

 

"Learning outcomes and student-perceived value of clay modeling and cat dissection in undergraduate human anatomy and physiology," M.E. DeHoff K.L. Clark and K. Meganathan, Advances in Physiology Education, March 2011, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 68-75. <http://goo.gl/2i8hV> The authors are at University of Cincinnati Clermont College.

 

 

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2013-01-10 Improbable Research Events

 

For details and additional events, see

<http://improbable.com/improbable-research-shows/complete-schedule>

 

AAAS Annual Meeting, Boston, USA          — Feb 16, 2013

Ig Nobel Tour of Denmark                  — Mar 4-7 2013

Karolinska Institute, Stockholm           - Mar 11, 2013

Ig Nobel Tour of the UK                   — Mar 15 - Apr 4

British Festival of Neuroscience, London  — Apr 7, 2013

Events in France                          — Apr 2013

2013 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, Harvard     — Sep 12, 2013

Ig Informal Lectures, MIT                 — Sep 14, 2013

 

Science Friday (NPR)                      — every month

 

 

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