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

July 2015, issue number 2015-07. ISSN 1076-500X.

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

      Archive at <http://improbable.com/airchives/miniair>

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2015-07-01 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

2015-07-02 In the Magazine: Dogs Now, Cats on the Way

2015-07-03 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Sham Cricket Courtship Spermatophylax?

2015-07-04 Ig Nobel TICKETS GO ON SALE July 9 at noon

2015-07-05 Bipolar Tripolar Theological Anthropology

2015-07-06 Goitred Gazelles Vocal Group Training Poets

2015-07-07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Academic Papers Made Musical, Thigh Gaps

2015-07-08 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Cricket Chirp Symmetry

2015-07-09 Improbable Research Events

2015-07-10 — How to Get the Magazine (*)

2015-07-11 — Our Address (*)

2015-07-12 — Please Forward/Post This Issue! (*)

2015-07-13 — How to start or stop receiving this newsletter (*)

 

      Items marked (*) are reprinted in every issue.

 

 

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2015-07-02 In the Magazine: Dogs Now, Cats on the Way

 

The special CATS (AND DOGS) issue of the magazine is in prep. Its immediate predecessor, the special DOGS (AND CATS) issue, arived recently: <http://goo.gl/NuwrBB>.

 

Links to every issue: <http://www.improbable.com/magazine>

 

 

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2015-07-03 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Sham Cricket Courtship Spermatophylax?

 

This month's spotlight shines, as do so many things these days, on a sham — or rather, on something that is suggested to be a sham:

 

"Courtship Feeding in Decorated Crickets: Is the Spermatophylax a Sham?" Michael W. Will and Scott K. Sakaluk, Animal Behaviour, vol. 48, no. 6, December 1994, pp. 1309-15. <http://goo.gl/6WPXl0> the authors, at Illinois State University, report:

 

"The number of spermatophylaxes consumed by females had no significant effect on the mass of eggs or number of nymphs produced, and there was no significant interaction between the number of spermatophylaxes consumed and food availability. Although there may be other benefits to its consumption, the present study suggests that as a food 'gift', the spermatophylax is a sham."

 

 

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2015-07-04 Ig Nobel TICKETS GO ON SALE July 9 at noon

 

Tickets for the Twenty-Fifth 1st Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will go on sale THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015, at noon (US eastern time).We expect (based on experience) the tickets will get snapped up quickly.

 

TICKETS

The Harvard Box Office handles all ticket sales. The physical ticket office, in Holyoke Center, is open most days noon to 6 pm.

Online: <https://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu>

Phone: (+1) 617-496-2222.

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Tickets: $75 / $65 / $55 / $35

Student tickets: $70 / $60 / $50 / $30

Ig Glorious tickets: $150. We fund the ceremony (theater rental, and half a zillion other expenses) mainly through ticket revenues.

This year we are offering a few special "Ig Glorious" tickets, for persons who want to be specially supportive.

 

THE CEREMONY

This year's theme: LIFE.

WHERE: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University

WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015, 6:00 pm.

Ceremony details: <http://www.improbable.com/ig/2015>

 

 

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2015-07-05 Bipolar Tripolar Theological Anthropology

 

Bipolar tripolar theological anthropology is the simple inspriation for this month's limerick competition. To enter, compose an original limerick that clarifies the nature of this study:

 

"A Scientific Bipolar Anthropology Completed by a Tripolar Theological Anthropology," L. Morren, in the book Origins, Time and Complexity, 1994, pp. 53 ff. <http://goo.gl/24EKvi> The author, at the University of Louvain, Belgium, goes on at length.

 

Submit your perfectly formed limerick to:

 

      BIPOLAR TRIPOLAR THEOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY LIMERICK COMPETITION

      c/o <MARC aaattt IMPROBABLE dddooottt COM>

 

 

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2015-07-06 Goitred Gazelles Vocal Group Training Poets

 

The judges have chosen co-winners in last month's Goitred Gazelles Vocal Group Training Limerick Competition, which asked for a limerick to honor this study:

 

"Vocal group signatures in the goitred gazelle Gazella subgutturosa," Ilya A. Volodin, Elena V. Volodina, Ekaterina N. Lapshina, Kseniya O. Efremova, Natalia V. Soldatova, Animal Cognition, March 2014, vol. 17, no. 2, pp 349-357. <http://goo.gl/qJqX9g>

 

The winner is INVESTIGATOR SHEILA BLUME, who wrote:

 

Seems the calls of gazelles can be plastic--

As they grow, vocalization's elastic.

  Volodin reconnoitered

  Gazelles who were goitered,

Though the changes he found weren't drastic.

 

Here's the offering from our LIMERICK LAUREATE, MARTIN EIGER:

 

They researched gazelles, and they found

When an animal's making a sound,

  Sometimes it's a lot

  Like its peers. Sometimes not.

They found when their sound gets around.

 

 

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2015-07-07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Academic Papers Made Musical, Thigh Gaps

 

Recent improbable bits you maybe missed.

 

The weekly podcast:

 

      LISTEN / DOWNLOAD: <http://goo.gl/sxh7DX>

            (It's also on Play.it, iTunes, and soon on Spotify)

 

      #18 "Personal space at the beach"

      #17 "The Real-life Wizard of Oz"

 

Newspaper column (in The Guardian): <http://goo.gl/uaZH9Q>

 

      "Be still my beating heart smashed fingers, battered shins and fake murder"

 

The blog:

 

      "A generator of lyrics and music from academic papers"

                   <http://goo.gl/ULHPb1>

      "Leadership and Gardening – an update"

                   <http://goo.gl/Q6T3Lm>

      "Thigh gaps"

                   <http://goo.gl/pfv5Ix>

...and lots more

 

New member of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Clubs for Scientists (LFHCfS) and the LFFFHfSS:

<http://www.improbable.com/category/lfhcfs-hair-club/>

 

AND LOTS MORE, at

      [blog]      <www.IMPROBABLE.com>

      [twitter]   @ImprobResearch, @MarcAbrahams, #IgNobel

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

      [podcast]   <http://goo.gl/GqUW6i>

 

 

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2015-07-08 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Cricket Chirp Symmetry

 

"Symmetry in the Songs of Crickets," L.W. Simmonds and M.G. Ritchie, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, vol 263, 1996, pp. 305–311. <http://goo.gl/RDasPx>

 

 

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2015-07-09 — Improbable Research Events

 

For details and additional events, see

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

 

Ig Nobel TICKETS go on sale                     — July 9, 2015

Homosexual Necrophiliac Duck Opera, London, UK  — August 8,9

25th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony       — Sep 17, 2015

Ig Informal Lectures, MIT                       — Sep 19, 2015

Vienna, Austria                                 — Oct 8, 2015

U Rhode Island                                  — Dec 8, 2015

 

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2015-07-10 — How to Get the Magazine (*)

 

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Details of that will appear on the web site, and here on mini-AIR.

     

 

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2015-07-11 — Our Address (*)

 

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2015-07-12 — Please Forward/Post This Issue! (*)

 

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2015-07-13 — How to start or stop receiving this newsletter (*)

 

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