Humor

That Lingering Whiff Of Asparagus...

For Marcel Proust, one of the after-effects of eating asparagus, was that it  “…transforms my chamber-pot into a flask of perfume.’’ ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Nov 16 2012 - 12:16pm

Creativity Via Ball Squeezing

Want to be more creative? No problem, just take a ball and squeeze it (but only in your left hand, otherwise the consequences are as yet unknown). Dr. Abraham Goldstein (pictured) along with colleagues at the Brain Research Center of Bar-Ilan University, I ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Nov 24 2012 - 10:03am

Biscuits- And The Creation Of Cranial Vibrations

Does one’s skull vibrate when chewing biscuits?  The answer is yes, up to a point – that’s according to a recentl experimental study performed by the Department of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery, Prosthodontics and Special Dental Care Oral Physiology Group, at ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Nov 29 2012 - 11:58am

Mayas Annoyed At Ritual Ban This Close To The Apocalypse

 Mayan priests began their ceremonies to mark the end of the current era in the Mayan long-count calendar yesterday and it involved incense and rituals...but they were stuck doing it at a park in Mexico City. ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - Nov 30 2012 - 1:41pm

Shuttlecocks- The Aerodymamics (part 1)

For badminton players: “The centre piece of the game is no doubt a shuttlecock which is made of either natural feathers or synthetic rubber with an open conical shape.” But perhaps some are left wondering which is best from an aerodynamic point of view – ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Dec 3 2012 - 5:54pm

Who'da Thunk It

A recent article pointed out a radical conclusion published in the British Medical Journal that reducing dietary fat intake could lead to weight loss and reduced BMI. Obviously such radical results will need to be verified and peer-reviewed, but it is expe ...

Blog Post - Gerhard Adam - Dec 7 2012 - 7:41pm

Boomerangs- The Aerodynamics

It has been said that a fully developed mathematical formula is one of the shortest possible ways to describe a physical phenomenon. Some phenomena, however, are so complex that their mathematical description can be dauntingly large. Take for example the f ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Dec 10 2012 - 12:53pm

Superdog For Superbugs: Dogs Sniff Out Clostridium Difficile Infections In Poop This Christmas In BMJ

Dogs can sniff out Clostridium difficile, the infective agent that is responsible for many of the dreaded "hospital acquired infections", in stool samples and even in the air surrounding patients in hospital with a very high degree of accuracy, ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 14 2012 - 4:30am

Experts Warn Of Misbehaving Tooth Fairy- And Misbehaving BMJ Writers

Opinions of the tooth fairy as kind and giving may need to be revised following "mounting reports of less child-friendly activity", according to a paper published in the BMJ 's Christmas edition which is sure to fool mainstream media editor ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 14 2012 - 12:29pm

Why Rudolph's Nose Is Red- The Definitive BMJ Study

A study in BMJ's Christmas issue, which spares no effort in its annual attempt to see who in science media rewrites press releases without even reading them, has determined why Rudolph, the famous extra reindeer of Santa we will not show here due to l ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 18 2012 - 8:59pm