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

May 2014, issue number 2013-05. ISSN 1076-500X.

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The monthly mini update/alert from Improbable Research

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2013-05-01 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

2013-05-02 Imminent Events: Dead Duck Day / ESOF / Ig Nobel Tickets

2013-05-03 In the Magazine: Cloning & Evolution Issue

2013-05-04 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Bang's Blutzucker

2013-05-05 The BG Bang Limerick Competition

2013-05-06 Green: Thumb Injury Poet

2013-05-07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Squirrel + Shotgun + Butt / Dog + Graphene

2013-05-08 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Bang's Cuspidor

2013-05-09 Improbable Research Events

2013-05-10 — How to Get the Magazine (*)

2013-05-11 — Our Address (*)

2013-05-12 — Please Forward/Post This Issue! (*)

2013-05-13 — How to start or stop receiving this newsletter (*)

 

      Items marked (*) are reprinted in every issue.

 

 

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2013-05-02 Imminent Events: Dead Duck Day / ESOF / Ig Nobel Tickets

 

Dead Duck Day, Rotterdam, The Netherlands     — Jun 5

 

ESOF, Copenhagen, Denmark                     — Jun 24 & 24

 

Ig Nobel Ceremony TICKETS GO ON SALE          — Jul 8

 

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

 

 

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2013-05-03 In the Magazine: Cloning & Evolution Issue

 

The special Cloning & Evolution issue (vol. 20, no. 2) of the Annals of Improbable Research now exists, corporeally and digitally: <http://goo.gl/0RdEvV>. Three of its articles are online:

 

"Evolution of Complexes from LEGO Bricks in a Washing Machine" <http://goo.gl/aJXr5S>

"Genetic Deterioration over Nine Generations of Cloned Gingerbread Men" <http://goo.gl/ZEuqIL>

"Viagra Induces Fractal Growth in Mushrooms in Switzerland" <http://goo.gl/n7tMRG>

 

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2013-05-04 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Bang's Blutzucker

 

This month's research spotlights one of Bang's most sugary works:

 

"Blutzucker," Ivar Bang, Fresenius' Journal of Analytical Chemistry, vol. 52, no. 7, 1913, pp. 521-523. <http://goo.gl/hwa04J>

 

 

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2013-05-05 The BG Bang Limerick Competition

 

Bang and the human nose inspire this month's limerick competition. To enter, compose an original limerick that illuminates the nature of this ancient study:

 

"The Mucous Glands of the Developing Human Nose," B.G. Bang, Cells Tissues Organs, vol. 59, no. 4, 1964, pp. 297-314. <http://goo.gl/9aSdhH>

 

Submit your perfectly formed limerick to:

 

      BG BANG LIMERICK COMPETITION

      c/o <marca AT improbable.com>

 

 

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2013-05-06 Green: Thumb Injury Poet

 

The judges have chosen a winner for last month's Green: Thumb Injury Limerick Competition, which asked for a limerick to honor this study:

 

"The Danger in a Handshake — An Unusual Case of Ulnar Collateral Ligament Rupture," Ramita Dey and A.D Green, Injury, vol. 34, no. 7, July 2003, pp. 535–536. <http://goo.gl/w9u7wI >

 

The winner is INVESTIGATOR JODY GILDER, who writes:

 

Shake the hand of a Scottish gamekeeper

And his thumb may cause you to probe deeper.

   Then a man who kills rabbit

   Rips his ulnar by habit.

Fitting payback to a bunny grim reaper.

 

And here are two alternate offerings from LIMERICK LAUREATE MARTIN EIGER:

 

Although it is favored by some,

They're neglecting what danger may come.

   A handshake to greet

   The people you meet

Can tear ligaments found in your thumb.

 

It's a little bit kinky, it's true.

I like painful sensations, I do.

   To be tied up and whipped

   Has become nondescript.

What I want is a handshake with you.

 

 

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2013-05-07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Squirrel + Shotgun + Butt / Dog + Graphene

 

Recent improbable bits you maybe missed:

 

IMPROBABLE BLOG:

 

"Self-inflicted: Squirrel Tissue Embedded with Birdshot in His Butt <http://goo.gl/PGowRh>

 

"The Introductory Physics of Being Pissed Off" <http://goo.gl/9vYKgP>

 

"A Stand-up Effect on Dogs of Listening to Graphene Earphones" <http://goo.gl/aUCsqu>

 

...and MORE, MORe, MOre, More, more at <http://improbable.com>

 

LFHCfS (Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists) new members:

Greg Jensen

Karl O'Dwyer

Will Bennett

Admire them at <http://goo.gl/8AZawf>

 

Other LFHCfS doings:

Official Harvard interview with Steven Pinker and his hair <http://goo.gl/KbSVki>

The Danish magazine Dansk Magisterbladet's celebration of the LFCHfS <http://goo.gl/REuJYT>

 

Newspaper column:

First attempts to model bipolar patients as harmonic oscillators <http://goo.gl/8ksybN>

 

twitter:    @ImprobResearch, @MarcAbrahams, #IgNobel

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

books:      <http://goo.gl/rHMb3t>

 

 

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2013-05-08 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Bang's Cuspidor

 

"Cuspidor," U.S. Patent 1,210,397, issued to Herman H. Bang, on January 2, 1917. <http://goo.gl/xwdvgQ>

 

 

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2013-05-09 Improbable Research Events

 

For details and additional events, see

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

 

Dead Duck Day, Rotterdam, The Netherlands — Jun 5

ESOF, Copenhagen, Denmark                 — Jun 22 & 24, 2014

Ig Nobel TICKETS go on sale               — Jul 8, 2014

Readercon, MA, USA                        — Jul 10, 2014

NEW BOOK — Publication day USA            — Aug 12, 2014

Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony                   — Sep 18, 2014

Ig Informal Lectures                      — Sep 20, 2014

 

 

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