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

June 2014, issue number 2014-06. ISSN 1076-500X.

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The monthly wee little tiny mini update/alert from Improbable Research

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2014-06-01 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

2014-06-02 Imminent Events: ESOF / Ig Nobel Tickets / Readercon

2014-06-03 In the Magazine: Centrifugal Research is Revving Up

2014-06-04 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Eyes on the Sloth on the Eyes

2014-06-05 The Sloth Moth Limerick Competition

2014-06-06 BG Bang Poet

2014-06-07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Four Goodmans, a Spider, and a Bear

2014-06-08 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Note on the Moth on the Sloth

2014-06-09 Improbable Research Events

2014-06-10 — How to Get the Magazine (*)

2014-06-11 — Our Address (*)

2014-06-12 — Please Forward/Post This Issue! (*)

2014-06-13 — How to start or stop receiving this newsletter (*)

 

      Items marked (*) are reprinted in every issue.

 

 

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2014-06-02 Imminent Events: ESOF / Ig Nobel Tickets / Readercon

 

ESOF, Copenhagen, Denmark <http://goo.gl/lqaTnm>    — Jun 24 & 24

 

Ig Nobel Ceremony TICKETS GO ON SALE          — Jul 8

 

Readercon, Burlington, MA, USA                — Jul 10

 

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

 

 

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2014-06-03 In the Magazine: Centrifugal Research is Revving Up

 

The special Centrifugal Research issue (vol. 20, no. 3) of the Annals of Improbable Research is at the printer, whizzing up to speed.

 

The special Cloning & Evolution issue (vol. 20, no. 2) is partly online: <http://goo.gl/0RdEvV>.

 

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

      Links to all issues: <http://www.improbable.com/magazine>

 

 

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2014-06-04 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Eyes on the Sloth on the Eyes

 

"Sloth moths and other zoophilous Lepidoptera," Jeffrey K. Waage, Proceedings and Transactions of the British Entomological and Natural History Society, vol. 13, no. 3/4, pp. 73-74. 1980. <http://goo.gl/aCAF2m> The authors report:

 

"the topics included in this review include adults of Arcyophora sp. feeding on the eyes of oxen in Zimbabwe; the blood-sucking noctuid Calyptra eustrigata (Hmps.) in south-eastern Asia; and the pyralids Cryptoses, Bradypodicola and Bradypophila on sloths in Central and South America (where the association may be a phoretic one)"

 

 

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2014-06-05 The Sloth Moth Limerick Competition

 

A moth and a sloth inspire this month's limerick competition. To enter, compose an original limerick that illuminates the nature of this ancient study:

 

"Cryptoses choloepi: a coprophagous moth that lives on a sloth," Jeffrey K. Waage and G. Gene Montgomery, Science, vol. 193, no. 4248, 1976, pp. 157-158. <http://goo.gl/J6ABeQ> The authors report:

 

"The larvae of the sloth moth, Cryptoses choloepi, live in the dung of the three-toed sloth, Bradypus infuscatus. Adult female moths apparently leave the fur of the sloth to oviposit when the sloth descends, once a week, to the forest floor to defecate. Newly emerged moths fly from the dung pile into the forest canopy to find a sloth."

 

Submit your perfectly formed limerick to:

 

      SLOTH MOTH LIMERICK COMPETITION

      c/o <MARC aaattt IMPROBABLE dddooottt COM>

 

 

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2014-06-06 BG Bang Poet

 

The judges have chosen a winner for last month's BG Bang Limerick Competition, which asked for a limerick to honor this 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>

 

The winner is INVESTIGATOR SHEILA BLUME, who writes:

 

I suppose he composed this harangue

To propose no one else got the hang

   Of the growth of the nose —

   I refer to the prose

Of B.G. (stands for BLOWS and GOES) BANG.

 

And here is the offering from LIMERICK LAUREATE MARTIN EIGER:

 

By what processes, do you suppose,

Certain fetal anatomy grows?

   What we thought all along

   Could well have been wrong.

Of developing noses, Bang knows.

 

 

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2014-06-07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Four Goodmans, a Spider, and a Bear

 

Recent improbable bits you maybe missed:

 

IMPROBABLE BLOG:

 

"The case of the 4 Goodmans" <http://goo.gl/KbFfRs>

 

"Some observations on the mental powers of spiders" <http://goo.gl/g0MABX>

 

"First scientific report of fellatio in captive brown bears" <http://goo.gl/J439vn>

 

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

 

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

Elisabeth Guggenberger and Jakob Steixner

Dan Graur

Bill Tivol

 

The LFHCfS now has more than 500 members: <http://goo.gl/jclfDI>

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

 

Newspaper column:

"Watson & Crick, and Pippa Middleton's Bottom" <http://goo.gl/EIYBK3>

 

twitter:    @ImprobResearch, @MarcAbrahams, #IgNobel

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

books:      <http://goo.gl/rHMb3t>

 

 

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2014-06-08 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Note on the Moth on the Sloth

 

"A further note on the sloth moth," H.G. Dyar, Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, vol. 10, 1908, pp. 81-82. <http://goo.gl/EO37if>

 

 

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2014-06-09 Improbable Research Events

 

For details and additional events, see

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

 

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

Ig Nobel TICKETS go on sale               — Jul 8, 2014

Readercon, Burlington, 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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2014-06-10 — How to Get the Magazine (*)

 

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2014-06-11 — Our Address (*)

 

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