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Improbable theories, experiments, and conclusions
Empirical Investigation of Toast
“Effect of Toasting Time on the Browning of Sliced Bread,” Antonio Ramírez-Jiménez, Belén García-Villanova, and Eduardo Guerra-Hernández, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, vol. 81, no. 5, April 2001, pp. 513-18. (Thanks to New Scientist magazine for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, who are at Universidad de Granada, Spain, explain that:
|Slices of wheat bread were toasted for different times until a distinct intensity of brown colour was reached… High linear correlations (r2 > 0.860) were obtained between browning indicators and time.|
Whale Into Mice
“Reproductive System Impairment of Mice Fed Diets Containing Beluga Whale Blubber from the St. Lawrence Estuary and Arctic Populations,” Sylvia Ruby, Luz Tavera Mendoza, Michel Fournier, Pauline Brousseau, and V. Dégas, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A, vol. 66, no. 11, January 2003, pp. 1073-85. (Thanks to Tom Gill for bringing this to our attention.) The authors are at Concordia University, Montreal, and INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier Santé Humaine, Pointe-Claire, Québec.
“Modeling Cognitive Ability From Longitudinal Data With Drop-Out and Death,” A. Dominicus, J. Palmgren, S. Ripatti, and N.L. Pedersen, presented at the XXIst International Biometric Conference, Freiberg, Germany, July 21-6, 2002. (Thanks to Dany Adams for bringing this to our attention.) The authors report that:
|“In longitudinal studies of cognitive ability subjects often drop out prematurely due to death, low cognitive ability or for other reasons.”|
|an important factor in determining the intensity of urban heat islands is the albedo — or reflectivity — of urban areas. There are, however, few large-scale measurements of albedo… BEA’s Haider Taha measured surface albedo of California’s South Coast Air Basin (SoCAB)… Taha performed radiometric measurements from a single-engine plane using two precision spectral pyranometers.|
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