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How to write a hard-to-resist science headline: Quantum, Coffee

May 22nd, 2020

Trinity College Dublin produced a press release, on January 31, 2020, with this headline: Supercomputers help link quantum entanglement to cold coffee“.

The press release is meant to draw attention to a research paper by Marlon Brenes, Silvia Pappalardi [pictured here], John Goold, and Alessandro Silva.

The paper is titled “Multipartite Entanglement Structure in the Eigenstate Thermalization Hypothesis,” and published in the journal Physical Review Letters (2020; 124, 4).

The paper itself does not mention coffee.

UPDATE (May 22): Investigator Mason Porter writes: We’ve got the coffee (well, at least the caffeine) covered: “Spatial Applications of Topological Data Analysis: Cities, Snowflakes, Random Structures, and Spiders Spinning Under the Influence

Pocket-Sized #1009: “Barefoot Running”

May 20th, 2020

Barefoot Running

In this Pocket-Sized episode #1009, Marc Abrahams shows some unfamiliar research studies to Jean Berko Gleason. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

The research mentioned in this episode is featured in the special Psychology issue (vol. 26, #1) of the Annals of Improbable Research magazine.

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1. Jean Berko Gleason encounters:

An Exploratory Study Investigating the Effects of Barefoot Running on Working Memory,” Ross G. Alloway, Tracy Packiam Alloway, Peter M. Magyari, and Shelley Floyd, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 122, no. 2, 2016, pp. 432-443.

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A rather different Ig Nobel Prize ceremony this (the 30th!) year

May 20th, 2020

The 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will happen a little differently than its 29 predecessors, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s the general plan.

A Neighborhood Association with Personality

May 19th, 2020

In some neighborhoods, people belong to a neighborhood association. One of the least-publicized is The Association of Perceived Neighborhood Safety and Inequality with Personality.

Finger-Food Hygiene Attachments [new patent]

May 18th, 2020

US-based inventor Peter Delgrosso points out that consuming finger foods can sometimes be a hygienically suboptimal process – with a (timely) reminder that, in the act of eating finger foods ;

“Germs, bacteria, and other harmful elements (e.g., microorganisms, viruses, chemicals, etc.) on our hands and fingers can then make their way into the body.”

“There is therefore a need to provide a way with which to consume finger foods as intended without the accompanying hygiene and cleanliness issues. Specifically, there is a need to allow consumers the ability to use their fingers when eating finger foods without having to wash their hands before eating because of concern for ingesting harmful elements, and also after eating because residual elements transferred from the finger foods to consumer’s fingers.”

See : ‘Finger Sheaths’ , United States Patent 10,645,983, May 12, 2020

Note: Readers may spot some similarities with another US patent, issued a couple of months ago, see:  Fingers-Only Glove [new patent]

Research research by Martin Gardiner

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