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

Octtember 2015, issue number 2015-10. 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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2015-10-01 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

2015-10-02 Imminent Events

2015-10-02 In the Magazine: Clever Inventions

2015-10-04 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: S.S.S. in S.S.S.

2015-10-05 New Hair Club for Science Journalists

2015-10-06 Frozen Toe of Glacier Snout Limerick Contest

2015-10-07 Boiling Green Cheese Poet

2015-10-08 MORE IMPROBABLE: Ig Winners in Prison, Hair, Coffee, OM...

2015-10-09 MAY WE RECOMMEND: 'Frozen Finger' for Fissures

2015-10-10 Improbable Research Events

2015-10-11 — How to Get the Magazine (*)

2015-10-12 — Our Address (*)

2015-10-13 — Please Forward/Post This Issue! (*)

2015-10-14 — How to start or stop receiving this newsletter (*)

 

      Items marked (*) are reprinted in every issue.

 

 

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2015-10-02 Imminent Events

 

      Annual "Science Friday" day-after-Thanksgiving

      Ig Nobel special radio broadcast                — Nov 27, 2015

 

 

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2015-10-02 In the Magazine: Clever Inventions

 

The special CLEVER INVENTIONS issue of the magazine (vol. 21, no. 5) will burst forth a few days from now. And this year's special Ig Nobel issue (21:6) is nipping at its heels.

 

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2015-10-04 RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: S.S.S. in S.S.S.

 

This month's spotlight shines on sortable silt cycles on certain slopes:

 

"Sortable Silt Cycles in Svalbard Slope Sediments 74–0 ka," Simon P. Jessen andTine L. Rasmussen, Journal of Quaternary Science, epub October 4, 2015. <http://goo.gl/pe4FWv>  (Thanks to Tom Gill for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at the  Arctic University of Norway, report:

 

"The grain size of sortable silt (SS, 10–63 μm) was studied in sediment core JM04-025PC from a sediment drift on the lower part of the western Svalbard slope."

 

 

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2015-10-05 New Hair Club for Science Journalists

 

The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club (LFHCfs) is proud to announce the founding of yet another sibling club, The Luxuriant Flowing, Former, or Facial Hair Club for Science Journalists (LFFFHCfSJ).

 

The LFFFHCfSJ was founded in October 2015, at the suggestion of Dutch science journalist Ellen de Bruin, who became the new club's first member. The new club's first three members on display at <http://goo.gl/kxeMmx> and <http://goo.gl/dvNsKm>, and <http://goo.gl/VSlTrj>.

 

The LFFFHCfSJ joins the original club's other siblings: the Luxuriant Former Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfs); the Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfs); and the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Social Scientists(LFFFHCfSS).

 

Hair clubs history: <http://www.improbable.com/hair/>

Hair clubs individual member displays: <http://goo.gl/q0BrFj>

 

 

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2015-10-06 Frozen Toe of Glacier Snout Limerick Contest

 

Glacier toes inspire this month's limerick competition. To enter, compose an original limerick that clarifies the nature of this study:

 

"Frozen Toe (Outer Zone of Glacier Snout)," Pratima Pandey, Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers, Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series 2014, p 311. <http://goo.gl/hG9O3C> The author says:

 

"The frozen toe is a leading edge of a glacier formed due to the glaciotectonism or the thrust which takes place beneath a glacier. It is the frozen outer zone of the snout and has a shape of a boot (shoes) or toe."

 

Submit your perfectly formed limerick to:

 

      FROZEN TOE OF GLACIER SNOUT LIMERICK COMPETITION

      c/o <MARC aaattt IMPROBABLE dddooottt COM>

 

 

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2015-10-07 Boiling Green Cheese Poet

 

The judges have chosen a winner in last month's Boiling Green Cheese Component Limerick Competition, which asked for a limerick to honor this study:

 

"Studies Regarding the Effect of Temperature on the Quality of Green Cheese During a Constant Boiling Period," Leonte Mihai, Pircu Nicoleta, Aruş Vasilica Alisa, MOCM, Number 13, Volume 1, 2007. <http://goo.gl/zoT6H6> The authors, at the University of Bacău, report:

 

The winner is INVESTIGATOR TONY HARKER, who wrote:

 

The waste stuff from cheese is okay,

It’s full of nutrition we say:

  Cooked at eighty degrees

  It will give you green cheese –

Ah, where there’s a will there’s a whey.

 

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

 

One should not let one's whey go astray.

Use whey wisely, but how? In what way?

  Best results have been seen

  In cheese that is green,

And boiled the way these guys say.

 

 

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2015-10-08 MORE IMPROBABLE: Ig Winners in Prison, Hair, Coffee, OM...

 

Recent improbable bits you maybe missed.

 

The weekly podcast:

 

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

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

 

      #32 A report on reports on reports, coffee, and ponytails

      #33 Make sure colonoscopy patients will not explode

      #34 OM..., OM..., OM..., monkey wrench, basic black dress

 

New members of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) and related clubs <http://goo.gl/q0BrFj>:

 

      Š Steve Trim

      Š Nastasia Okulova

      Š Andrew Sayer

      Š Melanie During

      Š David Brooks

      Š Lucas Brouwers

      Š Ellen de Bruin

      Š Valerio Molinari

 

The blog: <http://www.improbable.com/>:

 

      Š 26 co-winners of the 2009 Ig Nobel economics prize have been sentenced to prison

      Š The newspaper column: moving on…

      Š Women who are captured by love, sort of

      Š Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. Hanns Hatt and the smell of a woman

      Š The effect of music on the efficiency of surgical closures

      ...and lots more

 

MORE MORE MORE, at

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      [twitter]   @ImprobResearch, @MarcAbrahams, #IgNobel

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

 

 

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2015-10-09 MAY WE RECOMMEND: 'Frozen Finger' for Fissures

 

" ‘Frozen Finger’ in Anal Fissures," Megha Tandon and Rohan Khandelwal, Tropical Doctor, vol. 39, no. 4, 2009, pp. 225-226. <http://goo.gl/e4ZaDf> The authors, at Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, New Delhi, India, report:

 

"Acute anal fissures are usually managed by various invasive and non-invasive modalities ranging from simple lifestyle changes to chemical and surgical sphincterotomies. Frozen finger, prepared using a water-filled ordinary rubber glove, was successfully used in one hundred patients, thus providing a cost-effective and simple solution to the problem."

 

 

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2015-10-10 — Improbable Research Events

 

For details and additional events, see

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

 

"Science Friday" Ig Nobel radio     — Nov 27, 2015

U Rhode Island                      — Dec 8, 2015

PINC, Sarasota, FL                  — Dec 10, 2015

SIBC, Portland, OR                  — Jan 5, 2016

AAAS, Washington, DC                — Feb TBA, 2016

Ig Nobel EuroTour                   — Mar TBA, 2016

ESOF, Manchester, UK                — Jul TBA, 2016

 

 

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2015-10-11 — How to Get the Magazine (*)

 

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2015-10-12 — Our Address (*)

 

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2015-10-14 — How to start or stop receiving this newsletter (*)

 

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