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Truffle Hunting

A longstanding puzzle has been solved. How do northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus) locate truffles (Gautieria monticola) – bearing in mind that the truffles are a subterranean and ephemeral but primary food source? Sanjay Pyare (Assistant Profess ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Jul 31 2013 - 6:43pm

Frankenfish- Researchers Warp Carnivorous Cobia Into Vegetarians

It's not right for cobia not to be carnivorous but researchers in Baltimore have scientifically modified these fish so that they no longer occupy their usual place in nature's circle of life: they are now unnatural vegetarians. During four years ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Aug 14 2013 - 12:40pm

Klingon Translation Studies

“taH pagh taHbe’. DaH mu’tlheghvam vIqeInIS.” – the translation of which, as speakers of Klingon will know, is “To be or not to be; that is the question.”   The Klingon Shakespeare Restoration Project has received considerable attention from academia – se ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Aug 16 2013 - 10:43am

Thing(ness) And Silence Studies

What do a coffee machine, a mosquito, a fridge, gastric ‘flu and silence have in common? One answer is sounds. Or lack thereof. And all have been researched by Dr. Salomé Voegelin, who is Sound Arts Course Leader, and member of CRiSAP (Creative Research in ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Aug 21 2013 - 10:23am

Weekend Science: Women Are Better Off Without Bras, Says Male French Scientist

It's time to stop oppressing breasts, according to a massive 15-year investigation by professor Jean-Denis Rouillon, from the University of Besançon in eastern France. Bras are a false necessity, he said in April, and his evidence was gained by carefu ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - Mar 16 2016 - 8:06am

Weekend Science: Cow Tipping Debunked For A New Generation

When I first saw a new article about cow tipping, I bristled just a little. The last thing American culture needs is another flatlander telling real farmers whether or not cows fall over. But Jake Swearingen, Digital director at Modern Farmer, does a good ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - Sep 6 2013 - 10:47am

Facial Expressions During Lovemaking (a Study)

“… everyday, spontaneous sexual behavior is a quintessentially private activity not open to public scrutiny.“ But not always. As evidenced by the work of an investigatory team from the Facultad de Psicología, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, where J ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Sep 26 2013 - 12:55pm

Supersymmetry In The Book Of Genesis

In the beginning, Mother Nature created the universe and in it she put Quantum Mechanics. Mother Nature had formed out of the ground all the wild particles in the sky. She brought them to Quantum Mechanics to see what Quantum Mechanics would name them; and ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Oct 3 2013 - 1:36pm

Humming (everything You Ever Wanted To Know About It)

Here is a (partial) overview of (some of) the recent academic literature on the subject of 'Humming' Security Humming-based human verification and identification “The experimental results show that linear prediction cepstral coefficients and per ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Oct 1 2013 - 2:58pm

Math- The Travelling Salesperson Problem- Solved By Pigeons (?)

In the award-winning children’s book ‘ Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus ’ by Mo Willems, (Hyperion Books for Children, 2003) a persistent pigeon ‘asks, pleads, cajoles, wheedles, connives, negotiates, demands and uses emotional blackmail in attempts to g ...

Article - Martin Gardiner - Oct 7 2013 - 10:50am