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

August 2016, issue number 2016-08. 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 Imminent Events: Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony & Lectures

03 The Magazine Itself: Kissing, Then Redness

04 SPOTLIGHT: Worst Myopia Claw Intraocular Lens

05 Time, Specifically, for the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

06 Heads Versus Risk Limerick Contest

07 Rock and Roller on Drugs Poet

08 MORE IMPROBABLE: Smelly Breathing and People, Tadpoles on Marijuana

09 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Bad Heads Not As Bad As Seen, Maybe

10 Improbable Research Events

11 — The Magazine (AIR) — How to Subscribe or Get Single Issues (*)

12 — Contact Info (*)

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

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

 

      Items marked (*) are reprinted in every issue.

 

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02 Imminent Events: Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony & Lectures

 

      Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony & webcast         — Sep 22, 2016

      Ig Informal Lectures                      — Sep 24, 2016

 

DETAILS:

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

 

 

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03 The Magazine Itself: Kissing, Then Redness

 

The special RED issue (volume 22, number 5) of the magazine is in prep. The special KISSING issue (vol 22, no 4) is available, online.

 

      SUBSCRIPTIONS & SINGLE ISSUES: <https://gumroad.com/improbable>

 

      Tables of Contents: <http://www.improbable.com/magazine/>

 

 

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04 SPOTLIGHT: Worst Myopia Claw Intraocular Lens

 

This month's research spotlight illuminates a lens:

 

"Correction of High Myopia With the Worst Myopia Claw Intraocular Lens," Monika Landesz, Jan G.F. Worst, Jaap V. Siertsema; Gabriel van Rij, Journal of Refractive Surgery, vol. 11, no. 1, January 1995, pp. 16-67. <https://is.gd/kSQpXA> The authors write:

 

"We report the initial results of our prospective study on the Worst myopia claw intraocular lens (IOL) that is fixated to the anterior iris."

 

 

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05 Time, Specifically, for the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

 

There are just a few tickets still available for the 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony.

 

The ceremony will take place at Harvard's Sanders Theatre on Thursday evening, September 22 starting at 6 pm (Boston time). It will be webcast live. Ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners will be honored for achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK.

 

The theme of this year's ceremony is TIME. The ceremony will include the premier of a new mini-opera, "The Last Second", about the leap second. There will be a special appearance by one of the scientists who decide when and how to create leap seconds.

 

DETAILS: <http://www.improbable.com/ig/2016/>

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

 

 

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06 Heads Versus Risk Limerick Contest

 

This month's challenge: Devise a limerick elucidating this study:

 

"Males Choose to Keep Their Heads: Preference for Lower Risk Females in a Praying Mantid," Esteban Avigliano1, Romina C. Scardamaglia, Fabián M. Gabelli, Lorena Pompilio, Behavioural Processes, vol. 129, August 2016, pp. 80–85. <https://is.gd/K1yRvF> The authors, at Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, report:

 

"Males were confronted individually with three options: a female eating a prey, a female without a prey, and a male eating a prey (as a control for the presence of prey).... Male mantids significantly preferred females that were eating a prey."

 

Submit your perfectly formed, delightfully enlightening limerick to:

 

      HEADS VERSUS RISK LIMERICK COMPETITION

      c/o <MARC aaattt IMPROBABLE dddooottt COM>

 

 

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07 Rock and Roller on Drugs Poet

 

The judges have chosen a winner in last month's Rock and Roller on Drugs Limerick Competition, which asked for a limerick to honor this study:

 

"Vancomycin and The Red-Man Syndrome: Pharmacodynamics of Histamine Release," David T. Rock, Ken Roller, et al., Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 157, no. 3, 1988, pp. 502-507. <https://is.gd/TG2sfU>

 

The winner is INVESTIGATOR DAVID WEINBERGER, who wrote:

 

It's only rock and roller, 'tis said,

but still it can do a number on your head

  when a histamine infusion

  causes deep confusion

by painting liberals' necks deep red.

 

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

 

Rock and Roller, on drugs, herein show

What can happen with dosages low.

  So what happens, in fact?

  Do test subjects react?

The results say, apparently, no.

 

 

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08 MORE IMPROBABLE: Smelly Breathing and People, Tadpoles on Marijuana

 

Recent improbable research bits you may have missed...

 

The podcast:

 

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

 

      #74 Predictably Smelly Breathing

      #75 Garlic — A Sensory Pleasure or a Social Nuisance?

      #76 Fifty Shades, by Gray

      #77 Hugging — What Does It Mean?

      #78 Smelly People in the Office

 

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

 

<> The Pleasure of Being Nasty

<> Marijuana Improves Night Vision of Tadpoles, Study Suggests

<> The (Carbon) Footprints of Criminals (new study)

      ...and lots more

 

Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists, etc (LFHCfS) new member:

<> Ragnhild BjŅrknes

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

 

More, at

      [twitter]   @ImprobResearch, @MarcAbrahams, #IgNobel

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

 

 

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09 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Bad Heads Not As Bad As Seen, Maybe

 

"The Aerodynamic Cost of Head Morphology in Bats: Maybe Not as Bad as It Seems," Dieter Vanderelst, Herbert Peremans, Norizham Abdul Razak, Edouard Verstraelen, Greg Dimitriadis, PLoS ONE, vol. 10, no. 3, 2015, e0118545. <https://is.gd/Xg0y7t> The authors are at Bristol University, UK, and the University of Antwerp, Belgium. (Thanks to Jennifer Oullette for bringing this to our attention.)

 

 

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10 Improbable Research Events

 

For details and additional events, see

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

 

Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony and webcast — Sep 22, 2016

Ig Informal Lectures                — Sep 24, 2016

Science Friday Ig Nobel broadcast   — Nov 25, 2016

AAAS Annual Meeting, Boston         — Feb 18, 2017

Ig Nobel EuroTour                   — Mar 2017

Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Annual Meeting

                                    — Apr 27, 2017

 

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11 — The Magazine (AIR) — How to Subscribe or Get Single 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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12 — CONTACT INFO (*)

 

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