Some particle analyzers do not include a free fall model, a non-inclusion that can be frustrating for individuals of a certain temperament when they wish to analyze samples in their naturally agglomerated state. Investigator Pam Razin writes to inform us the the Cilas model #118o does not suffer from this deficiency. Its manufacturer explicitly states:
The 1180 includes a free fall module for customers wishing to analyze samples in their naturally agglomerated state.
Razin supplies no corresponding data — that is, he supplies a non-agglomeration of data — as regards other models and makes of particle-size analyzers.
“Anne Toner provides an original account of the history of ellipsis marks – dots, dashes and asterisks – in English literary writing. Highlighting ever-renewing interest in these forms of non-completion in literature, Toner demonstrates how writers have striven to get closer to the hesitancies and interruptions of spoken language, the indeterminacies of thought, and the successive or fragmented nature of experience by means of these textual symbols.”
Improbable would have liked to have provided more detail about the work, but our attempts to contact both the author and the publisher met with little if any success … Questions [optional]
• What is the plural form of ‘Ellipsis’ ? Ellipsises or Ellipses?
• Is there a significant difference between three dots . . . and the triple dot glyph … ?
• What is the function of the ‘mid-line’ ellipsis ⋯ ?
• What happens when an ellipsis ends a sentence, is the correct form … . ?
Could we inform those who wish to experiment in a hands-on practical way with the Butcher’s Tongue Illusion (which we highlighted [highlit?] back in Oct 2014, see: ‘The Butcher’s Tongue Illusion (from the chip-crunch manipulator’), that the paper provides a link to DiscountMagic where fake tongues (like the one used in the experiments) can be purchased for £6.50 (+ “Only another £18.50 for free UK shipping”)
“We report here that pigeons (Columba livia)—which share many visual system properties with humans—can serve as promising surrogate observers of medical images, a capability not previously documented. The birds proved to have a remarkable ability to distinguish benign from malignant human breast histopathology after training with differential food reinforcement; even more importantly, the pigeons were able to generalize what they had learned when confronted with novel image sets. The birds’ histological accuracy, like that of humans, was modestly affected by the presence or absence of color as well as by degrees of image compression, but these impacts could be ameliorated with further training. Turning to radiology, the birds proved to be similarly capable of detecting cancer-relevant microcalcifications on mammogram images. However, when given a different (and for humans quite difficult) task—namely, classification of suspicious mammographic densities (masses)—the pigeons proved to be capable only of image memorization and were unable to successfully generalize when shown novel examples.”
Color preference in the insane, the red sweat of the hippopotamus, the question of whether The Explorer’s Club served a dinner of thawed, roast woolley mammoth, and how surgeons handle pop-up surprises — all of these turn up in this week’s Improbable Research podcast.
LISTEN TO IT! …or click on the “Venetian blinds” icon — at the lower right corner here — to select whichever week’s episode you want to hear:
Some boys-will-be-boys research. (“What to Do If It Gets ‘Bigger’“, C. Kouriefs and N.A. Watkin, Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, vol. 85, no. 2, March 2003, pp. 126–8. / “Serotonin Transporter Promoter Region (5-HTTLPR) Polymorphism is Associated with the Intravaginal Ejaculation Latency Time in Dutch Men with Lifelong Premature Ejaculation,” Journal of Sexual Medicine, Paddy K.C. Janssen, Steven C. Bakker, Janos Réthelyi, Aeilko H. Zwinderman, Daan J. Touw, Berend Olivier, and Marcel D. Waldinger, vol. 6, 2009, pp. 276–84. / “Effect of Different Types of Textiles on Sexual Activity. Experimental Study,” Ahmed Shafik, European Urology, vol. 24, no. 3, 1993, pp. 375–80. / Excrement in the Late Middle Ages— Sacred Filth and Chaucer’s Fecopoetics, Susan Signe Morrison, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2008. / On Bullshit, Harry G. Frankfurt, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2005. / “A Kind Word for Bullshit: The Problem of Academic Writing,” Philip Eubanks and John D. Schaeffer, College Composition and Communication, vol. 59, no. 3, February 2008, pp. 272–88. / “Picadura de Anémona en Pene” [article in Spanish], J.M. Janeiro Pais, et al., Actas Urológicas Españolas, vol. 32, no. 8, September 2008, p. 864. Featuring dramatic readings by Richard Baguley.)
The mysterious John Schedler or the shadowy Bruce Petschek perhaps did the sound engineering this week.
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