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Appreciating the Ig Nobel Prize-winning momma-to-baby vaginal music communicator

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

The inventors of Babypod, the insert-into-your-vagina device that helps a pregnant woman play music for her developing fetus, produced this video ad:

The 2017 Ig Nobel Prize for Obstetrics was awarded to those physician/inventors—Marisa López-TeijónÁlex García-Faura, Alberto Prats-Galino, and Luis Pallarés Aniorte—for showing that a developing human fetus responds more strongly to music that is played electromechanically inside the mother’s vagina than to music that is played electromechanically on the mother’s belly.

Here’s video of the team at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Harvard University, and the Ig Informal Lectures at MIT:

They describe their research in the study: “Fetal Facial Expression in Response to Intravaginal Music Emission,” Marisa López-Teijón, Álex García-Faura, and Alberto Prats-Galino, Ultrasound, November 2015, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 216–223.

Their product, called “Babypod,” is covered by the patent “Fetal Acoustic Stimulation Device,” patent ES2546919B1, granted September 29, 2015 to Luis y Pallarés Aniorte and Maria Luisa López-Teijón Pérez.

Babypod has enjoyed a fair amount of attention. These two videos celebrate some of that:

Ph.D. Thesis About Attending Orgies

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Victor Hugo De Souza Barreto attended orgies, gathering facts for his Ph.D. thesis. The thesis is:

Festas ee Orgia Para Homens: Territórios ee Intensidade Esocialidade Masculina,” Victor Hugo De Souza Barreto, doctoral thesis in anthropology, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil, 2016. The author explains:

In this work , I intend to present a reflection on certain sexual practices conducted among men in the city of Rio de Janeiro in orgy meetings, from an ethnography in these four commercially organized events in the city . What the experience of sexuality these parties seem to put into play are other modes of subjectivity and corporalization , properly intensive modes, where at the same time that a particular form of masculinity also is developed there a singular way of engagement in the world.This thesis seeks to understand these interactions by analyzing what I am calling here from the three “principles” of these events: “masculinity“, “discretion” and “putaria.” I also dwell on the debate on methodology of research in contexts of sexual interaction.

(Thanks to J.G. Correa for bringing this to our attention.)

BONUS (related): How to Cater a Roman Orgy for Harvard Professors

Lamb on Abdominal Ultrasonography in Dogs With Diarrhoea [research study]

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Doubts about abdominal ultrasonography in dogs with diarrhoea are discussed in Lamb‘s new treatise:

How Useful is Abdominal Ultrasonography in Dogs With Diarrhoea?” Emma K. Mapletoft, Karin Allenspach, and Chris R. Lamb [pictured here], Journal of Small Animal Practice, epub November 2017.

The authors, at the Royal Veterinary College, UK, report:

“Abdominal ultrasonography had moderate utility in 56 (38%) dogs and no utility in 79 (53%) dogs. Abdominal ultrasonography was considered counterproductive in 10 (7%) dogs because results were either falsely negative or falsely positive.”

BONUS (possibly not related): Here is video of a dog responding to the spoken word “diarrhoea”:

Robotic butt-in-seat testing

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Ford produced this deadpan, precisely accented video narrated by engineer Svenja Fröhlich, about testing the repeated interaction of car seats and human butts. The official Ford announcement says:

“A robot has been created to move like a human behind – and perfectly simulate how drivers and passengers get in and out of their car seats. Engineers used pressure maps to establish a “perch pattern”, the data enabling them to test the wear and tear of materials, using the robotic bottom – or ‘Robutt’ – to mimic the most common paths.”

(Thanks to Scott Langill for bringing this to our attention.)

Stimulating interest in ornithology: The “Masturbation in birds” project

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Dr. Price’s “Masturbation in birds” project aims to stimulate interest in ornithology. Dr. Price, based at the University of Liverpool, explains:

One of the projects I work on is trying to understand why some species of bird seem to masturbate loads, and other species don’t seem to do it at all. Masturbation is a pretty interesting behaviour, seen in loads of animals, from tortoises to horses, squirrels, and dolphins, as well as in humans, chimps and bonobos. But despite being so widespread, no one really knows why it happens in most of these species. There are lots of theories… As an evolutionary and behavioural biologist, I’d like to understand what’s going on.

(Thanks to Laura B for bringing this to our attention.)