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Picture the Heat Stress on Poultry

June 10th, 2021

One picture is perhaps worth 1000 squawks. That picture is figure 3 (captioned “Schematic diagram showing an acid-base imbalance in poultry under heat stress”) in this study:

Impact of Heat Stress on Poultry Health and Performances, and Potential Mitigation Strategies,” Sanjeev Wasti, Nirvay Sah and Birendra Mishra, Animals, vol. 10, 2020, no. 1266. (Thanks to Berry Pinshow for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, explain:

High environmental temperature alters the poultry health and performances by causing heat stress. Heat stress elicits physiological, behavioral, and production changes in poultry. This review article summarizes these changes along with the strategies that have been used in the poultry industry to ameliorate the adverse effects of heat stress in poultry.

An Ig Nobel exercise from Madame Van Isterdael

June 8th, 2021

Madame Van Isterdael educates you, in this language-learning video which she calls, enchantingly, “2euro méthodo CE the IG Nobel Prizes“:


Logged logs

June 7th, 2021

Say, how many logs would a lumber-carrier-vessel captain’s log log if a lumber-carrier-vessel captain’s log logged logs?

The answer is not contained, nor is the question directly addressed, in Granite Geek’s article ” ‘Structural round timber’ sounds much better than ‘logs’ “.

Fishbase profile : The Inexplicable Shrimpgoby

June 7th, 2021

The Inexplicable Shrimpgoby (Cryptocentrus inexplicatus) was named as such by the American ichthyologist (fish studier) and lichenologist (lichen studier) Albert William Christian Theodore Herre c. 1934.

It’s one of more than 33,000 fish species listed by the online resource Fishbase – A Global Information System on Fishes (a branch of the Philippines-based Q-quatics group).

It’s not immediately obvious why the Inexplicable Shrimpgoby is (or was) inexplicable, In other words, at first glance at least, its inexplicableness appears to be unexplained.

BONUS : Sneaking behaviour in the dusky frillgoby Bathygobius fuscus

The CC photo is courtesy John E. Randall at Fishbase

Research research by Martin Gardiner

Podcast Episode #1071: “Umbrella Progress on a Crowded Sidewalk”

June 6th, 2021

In Podcast Episode #1071, Marc Abrahams shows an unfamiliar research study to physicist Melissa Franklin. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

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Melissa Franklin encounters:

Impact of Holding Umbrella on Uni- and Bi-Directional Pedestrian Flow: Experiments and Modeling,” Ning Guo, Qing-Yi Hao, Rui Jiang, Mao-Bin Hu, and Bin Jia, arXiv 1606.03434, December 21, 2015.

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