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

April 2016, issue number 2016-04. ISSN 1076-500X.

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      Research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK.

      A tiny supplement to the magazine Annals of Improbable Research.

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

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01 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

02 The Magazine Itself: The Smelly Issue

03 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Fluorescence in Cockroaches

04 Improbable Events in Iceland and UK in July

05 Optical Properties of a Scorpion Limerick Contest

06 Stuffed Cabbage Cafeteria Poet

07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Towed Naked Swimmers, Leadership & Big Mouths

08 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Reducing Scorpion Fluorescence

09 Improbable Research Events

10 — The Magazine (AIR) — How to Subscribe; How to Get Back Issues (*)

11 — Our Address (*)

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

13 — How to start or stop receiving mini-AIR (*)

 

      Items marked (*) are reprinted in every issue.

 

 

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02 The Magazine Itself: The Smelly Issue

 

The special Smelly issue of the magazine is out — full of research about smelly food, smelly relatives, smelly socks, smelly swine, smelly chicks, smelly shoppers, smelly women, smelly men, smelly twins, smelly maps, smelly coins, and other smelly things. And research about other things, not all of them smelly, too.

 

If you're a subscriber, you should have received email notifying how to download your copy.

 

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03 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Fluorescence in Cockroaches

 

This month's spotlight shines, in parts, on cockroach flourescence:

 

"Fluorescence in cockroaches," Edwin R. Willis, Louis M. Roth, Annals of the Entomological Society of America, vol. 49, 1956, pp. 495–7. <http://is.gd/PaT5SB> The authors are at the U. S. Army Quartermaster Research and Development Center.

 

 

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04 Improbable Events in Iceland and UK in July

 

We will be doing several events in Iceland and the UK, in late July and possibly early August.

 

If your institution would like to host an Ig Nobel talk then, please get in touch with us ASAP!

 

 

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05 Optical Properties of a Scorpion Limerick Contest

 

This month's challenge: Devise an enlightening limerick that celebrates this study:

 

"Optical properties of a scorpion (Centruroides limpidus)," Bruno Ullrich, Robyn M. Duckworth, Akhilesh K. Singh, Puspendu Barik, Vicente O. Mejia-Villanueva, andiiAlberto C. Garcia-Perez, Physica Scripta, vol. 91, no. 4, 2016, pp. 045802. <http://is.gd/9dRTNv> The authors, at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, report

 

"The exoskeleton is capable of fluorescing allowing for their detection at night in order to prevent undesirable encounters. The specificity of their fluorescing suggests specialized optical features.... The scorpion exoskeleton represents a nonisotropic polymer forming a parallel circuit of conductive parts and components with light sensitivity."

 

Submit your perfectly formed, delightful limerick to:

 

      OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF A SCORPION LIMERICK COMPETITION

      c/o <MARC aaattt IMPROBABLE dddooottt COM>

 

 

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06 Stuffed Cabbage Cafeteria Poet

 

The judges have chosen a winner in last month's Stuffed Cabbage Cafeteria Limerick Competition, which asked for a limerick to honor this study:

 

"Stuffed Cabbage in the Old New School Cafeteria," Fred Kersten, Human Studies, Vol. 20, No. 4, October 1997, pp. 391-412. <http://goo.gl/uxl0v8>

 

The winner is INVESTIGATOR BEATRICE GUTMANN, who wrote:

 

There is taken-for-grantedness, yes;

Existential belief too!—A mess.

  All our indices show

  Gurwitsch's logic will grow.

Stuffed cabbage tastes good nonetheless.

 

Here's the take by our LIMERICK LAUREATE, MARTIN EIGER:

 

I don't know what this paper I've read

Had intended to say when it said

  That we know and intend,

  But I know in the end

Cabbage lives.  Aron Gurwitsch is dead.

 

 

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07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Towed Naked Swimmers, Leadership & Big Mouths

 

Recent improbable research bits you may have missed...

 

The podcast:

 

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

 

      #53 Fold when wet, if naked underwater

      #54 Effect of audience boredom on power-hungry-persons

      #55 Researchers named Fish who study fish

      #56 Where do you sit, in Bulgaria?

      #57 The A-through-L of social dilemmas

      #58 Pecker bang analysis — woodpeckers and hammers

      #59 Standardized food glops

      #60 Lizards that fell to earth

      #61 Leadership by a man with a big mouth

 

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

 

      Dice under gravity

      Morphometrics maven: morphometricians must and can do better

      Final day for retiring the Zimbabwe $100-trillion-dollar bills

      ...and lots more

 

More, at

      [twitter]   @ImprobResearch, @MarcAbrahams, #IgNobel

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

 

 

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08 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Reducing Scorpion Fluorescence

 

"Reducing scorpion fluorescence via prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light," Carl T. Kloock, Journal of Journal of Arachnology, vol. 37, 2009, pp. 368–70. <http://is.gd/B39HpJ> The author is at California State University, Bakersfield.

 

 

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09 Improbable Research Events

 

For details and additional events, see

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

 

Ig Nobel EuroTour             — Mar 4-23, 2016

Florida State U               — Mar 29, 2016

Planon, Boston                — Apr 6, 2016

IG NOBEL TICKETS GO ON SALE   — Jul TBA, 2016

Reykjavik, Iceland            — Jul 2016

Blue Dot Festival, UK         — Jul 23, 2016

ESOF, Manchester, UK          — Jul 25, 2016

Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony       — Sep 22, 2016

Ig Informal Lectures          — Sep 24, 2016

 

 

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10 — The Magazine (AIR) — How to Subscribe; How to Get Back Issues (*)

 

The Annals of Improbable Research is a 6-issues-per-year magazine, published in PDF form. It's packed with research that makes people laugh, then think. (mini-AIR, the thing you are reading at this moment, is but a tiny, free-floating appendix to AIR.)

 

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11 — Our Address (*)

 

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

 

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