mini-Annals of Improbable Research ("mini-AIR")

June 2015, issue number 2015-06. ISSN 1076-500X.

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The monthly wee little tiny mini update/alert from Improbable Research

      Archive at <http://improbable.com/airchives/miniair>

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2015-06-01 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

2015-06-02 Imminent Events: Tokyo, Ig Nobel Tix

2015-06-03 In the Magazine: Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

2015-06-04 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Little Kids' Vocal Group Training

2015-06-05 Ig Nobel TICKETS GO ON SALE July 9

2015-06-06 Goitred Gazelles Vocal Group Training Limerick Competition

2015-06-07 Phrap Overlap Rat Assembly Poets

2015-06-08 MORE IMPROBABLE: Bastard, Messes, Effects of Cat Videos

2015-06-09 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Fitness Instructor Vocal Group Training

2015-06-10 — Improbable Research Events

2015-06-11 — How to Get the Magazine (*)

2015-06-12 — Our Address (*)

2015-06-13 — Please Forward/Post This Issue! (*)

2015-06-14 — How to start or stop receiving this newsletter (*)

 

      Items marked (*) are reprinted in every issue.

 

 

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2015-06-02 Imminent Events: Tokyo, Ig Nobel Tix

 

Dr. Nakamats Final Birthday, Tokyo, Japan     — June 26-July 5

Ig Nobel Ceremony TICKETS GO ON SALE          — July 9

 

      DETAILS: <http://goo.gl/SEMgnw>

 

 

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2015-06-03 In the Magazine: Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

 

The special DOGS (AND CATS) issue of the magazine is out. The table of contents is online at <http://goo.gl/NuwrBB>, as are three of its articles:

 

      Cats and Dogs Research Review

      Is This Article Consistent With Hinchliffes Rule?

      Soft Is Hard

 

Links to every issue: <http://www.improbable.com/magazine>

 

 

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2015-06-04 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Little Kids' Vocal Group Training

 

This month's spotlight shines on vocal group training in, on, with, or for non-trained nursery school kids:

 

"The effect of group vocal training on the singing ability of nursery school children," Robert B. Smith, Journal of Research in Music Education, vol. 11, no. 2, Autumn, 1963, pp. 137-141. <http://goo.gl/r66eUW>

 

 

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2015-06-05 Ig Nobel TICKETS GO ON SALE July 9

 

Tickets for the Twenty-Fifth 1st Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will go on sale THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015, at noon (US eastern time).bWe expect (based on experience) the tickets will get snapped up quickly.

 

TICKETS

The Harvard Box Office handles all ticket sales. The physical ticket office, in Holyoke Center, is open most days noon to 6 pm.

Online: <https://www.boxoffice.harvard.edu>

Phone: (+1) 617-496-2222.

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Tickets: $75 / $65 / $55 / $35

Student tickets: $70 / $60 / $50 / $30

Ig Glorious tickets: $150. We fund the ceremony (theater rental, and half a zillion other expenses) mainly through ticket revenues. This year we are offering a few special "Ig Glorious" tickets, for persons who want to be specially supportive.

 

THE CEREMONY

This year's theme: LIFE.

WHERE: Sanders Theatre, Harvard University

WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015, 6:00 pm.

Ceremony details: <http://www.improbable.com/ig/2015>

 

 

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2015-06-06 Goitred Gazelles Vocal Group Training Limerick Competition

 

Vocal group training in goitred gazelles inspires this month's limerick competition. To enter, compose an original limerick that clarifies the nature of this study:

 

"Vocal group signatures in the goitred gazelle Gazella subgutturosa," Ilya A. Volodin, Elena V. Volodina, Ekaterina N. Lapshina, Kseniya O. Efremova, Natalia V. Soldatova, Animal Cognition, March 2014, vol. 17, no. 2, pp 349-357. <http://goo.gl/qJqX9g>

 

Submit your perfectly formed limerick to:

 

      GOITRED GAZELLES LIMERICK COMPETITION

      c/o <MARC aaattt IMPROBABLE dddooottt COM>

 

 

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2015-06-07 Phrap Overlap Rat Assembly Poets

 

The judges have chosen co-winners in last month's Phrap Overlap Rat Assembly Limerick Competition, which asked for a limerick to honor this study:

 

"Improving Phrap-Based Assembly of the Rat Using 'Reliable' Overlaps." Michael Roberts, Aleksey V. Zimin, Wayne Hayes, Brian R. Hunt, Cevat Ustun, James R. White, Paul Havlak, and James Yorke. PloS One, vol. 3, no. 3, 2008, e1836. <http://goo.gl/jZ4T4s>

 

The winner is INVESTIGATOR SHEILA BLUME, who wrote:

 

Have you tried building genomes, perhaps,

With "reliable" (true) overlaps?

  When you work with the rat

  Is it possible that

You'll fall flat using frappes, so use phraps.

 

Here's the offering from our LIMERICK LAUREATE, MARTIN EIGER:

 

A modified version of Phrap

Finds where DNA strands overlap.

  The upshot is that

  The genome of a rat

Now has a more accurate map.

 

 

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2015-06-08 MORE IMPROBABLE: Bastard, Messes, Effects of Cat Videos

 

Recent improbable bits you maybe missed.

 

The weekly podcast:

 

      LISTEN / DOWNLOAD: <http://goo.gl/sxh7DX>

            (It's also on Play.it, iTunes, and soon on Spotify)

 

      #16 "You bastard!"

      #15 "Where do messes come from?"

      #14 "Chickens prefer beautiful humans"

 

Newspaper column (in The Guardian): <http://goo.gl/uaZH9Q>

 

The blog:

 

      "The Effect of Cat Videos on Human Beings"

                   <http://goo.gl/vzeskn>

      "A frog in the throat of a frog"

                   <http://goo.gl/ysoFHe>

      Of Zimbabwe bank accounts larger than $175 quadrillion

                   <http://goo.gl/p87sZq>

...and lots more

 

New member of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Clubs for Scientists (LFHCfS) and the LFFFHfSS:

<http://www.improbable.com/category/lfhcfs-hair-club/>

 

      Jennifer Verdolin

 

AND LOTS MORE, at

      [blog]      <www.IMPROBABLE.com>

      [twitter]   @ImprobResearch, @MarcAbrahams, #IgNobel

      [facebook]  <http://www.facebook.com/improbableresearch>

      [podcast]   <http://goo.gl/GqUW6i>

 

 

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2015-06-09 MAY WE RECOMMEND: Fitness Instructor Vocal Group Training

 

"Vocal Performance of Group Fitness Instructors Before and After Instruction: Changes in Acoustic Measures and Self-Ratings," Katherine Dallaston and Anna F. Rumbach, Journal of Voice, epub March 17, 2015. <http://goo.gl/8tIWJu> The authors, at the Unviersity of Queensland, Australia, report:

 

"Participants were six female GFIs... No significant changes... found before and after instruction."

 

 

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2015-06-10 — Improbable Research Events

 

For details and additional events, see

<http://improbable.com/improbable-research-shows/complete-schedule>

 

Dr. Nakamats / Ig Nobel Events in Japan   — Jun 26-Jul 5, 2015

Ig Nobel TICKETS go on sale               — July 9, 2015

25th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony — Sep 17, 2015

Ig Informal Lectures, MIT                 — Sep 19, 2015

Vienna, Austria                           — Oct 8, 2015

U Rhode Island                            — Dec 8, 2015

 

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2015-06-11 — How to Get the Magazine (*)

 

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Details of that will appear on the web site, and here on mini-AIR.

     

 

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2015-06-12 — Our Address (*)

 

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2015-06-13 — Please Forward/Post This Issue! (*)

 

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EDITOR: Marc Abrahams

CO-CONSPIRATORS: Kees Moeliker, Alice Shirrell Kaswell, Gary Dryfoos, Ernest Ersatz, Stephen Drew

PROOFREADER: Ambient Happenstance

AUTHORITY FIGURES: Nobel Laureates Dudley Herschbach, Sheldon Glashow, Richard Roberts

 

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2015-06-14 — How to start or stop receiving this newsletter (*)

 

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