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Podcast Episode #1078: “Are People Happier on Weekends?”

Sunday, August 8th, 2021

In Podcast Episode #1078, Marc Abrahams shows an unfamiliar research study to biologist Dany Adams. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

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Dany Adams encounters:

Weekends, work, and well-being: Psychological need satisfactions and day of the week effects on mood, vitality, and physical symptoms,” Richard M. Ryan, Jessey H. Bernstein, and Kirk Warren Brown, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, vol. 29, no. 1 (2010): 95-122. 

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Podcast Episode #1077: “Danger Assessment of Holy Water”

Sunday, July 25th, 2021

In Podcast Episode #1077, Marc Abrahams shows an unfamiliar research study to biomedical researcher Chris Cotsapas. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

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Chris Cotsapas encounters:

Holy Water—A Risk Factor for Hospital-Acquired Infection,” J.C. Rees and K.D. Allen, Journal of Hospital Infection, vol. 32, no. 1, January 1996, pp. 51–5.

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Podcast Episode #1076: “Adventure of the Random Million Digits”

Sunday, July 11th, 2021

In Podcast Episode #1076, Robin Abrahams dramatically reads aloud selected highlights from a treasured collection of a million random digits.

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Robin Abrahams encounters:

A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates, Rand Corporation, Free Press, 1955

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Podcast Episode #1075: “The Rheology of Cats”

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

In this Podcast Episode #1075, Marc Abrahams shows some unfamiliar research studies to fluid dynamicist Nicole Sharp. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

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Nicole Sharp encounters:

On the Rheology of Cats,” Marc-Antoine Fardin, Rheology Bulletin, vol. 83, 2, July 2014, pp. 16-17 and 30.

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Podcast Episode #1074: “Vibrate That Earthworm”

Sunday, June 27th, 2021

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK.

In the Ig Informal Lectures, some days after the ceremony, the new Ig Nobel Prize winners attempt to explain what they did, and why they did it.

In Podcast Episode #1074, Marc Abrahams presents the 2020 Ig Nobel Prize winner for Physics was awarded to Ivan Maksymov and Andriy Pototsky. They received the prize for determining, experimentally, what happens to the shape of a living earthworm when one vibrates the earthworm at high frequency.

The study:

Excitation of Faraday-like body waves in vibrated living earthworms,” Ivan S. Maksymov and Andriy Pototsky, bioRxiv 10.1101/868521, December 8, 2019.

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