- Q-Tips: The Danger
“Cotton buds are commonly used to clean the ears, remove wax, in case of itching in the ear, aural toilet in discharging ears and some time as a habit.” – explain Suresh Kumar and Shamim Ahmed of the Department of ENT, at Liaquat University of Health Sc ...
Article - Martin Gardiner - Oct 15 2013 - 1:08pm
- Peculiar Scottish Mountaineering Disorder
'A peculiar Scottish disorder' is described in the Scottish Medical Journal (SMJ), August 2011 vol. 56 no. 3, pp. 164-166 (by Doctor I. B. McIntosh.) “A highly contagious behavioural affliction is now endemic in highland areas of Scotland. Pret ...
Article - Martin Gardiner - Oct 21 2013 - 11:17am
- The Prevalence Of Bees In American Musical Recordings
For the first time, a peer-reviewed comprehensive discography of US-based apical musical recordings has been assembled. (Think: bees, hives, honey, buzzing, stingers, &etc). Professor William Lewis Schurk (Sound Recordings Archivist of the Music Librar ...
Article - Martin Gardiner - Oct 31 2013 - 9:58am
- Tortoises- Which Way Do They Prefer To Roll?
If one were to overturn a tortoise, would it be more likely to right itself (i.e. get back on its feet) to the right or to the left? To find out, a joint research team from the Comparative Psychology Research Group, University of Padova, Italy and the B.R ...
Article - Martin Gardiner - Nov 5 2013 - 8:47am
- Square Eggs- A Review Of Progress
Through millions of years of evolution, the shape of an egg has evolved to an optimum – at least from a hen’s point of view. For some humans though, this shape is less than ideal – there are those who prefer instead the aesthetic appeal of a cuboid rathe ...
Article - Martin Gardiner - Nov 21 2013 - 10:55am
- Linguistics Paper Written In Guyanese Creole- Possibly The Only One (corrected Title)
Hubert Devonish, who is Professor of Linguistics at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica, is one of the very, very few researchers to have published a scholarly paper written entirely in Guyanese Creole. An example paragraph: ...
Article - Martin Gardiner - Dec 4 2013 - 9:35am
- ‘Stray Sock Syndrome’- A Robotic Investigation
The ubiquitous ‘Stray Sock Syndrome’ can be a considerable headache for human sock-owners and sock-sorters. But help is afoot courtesy of the Computer Science Division at the University of California at Berkeley, US, and the Max Planck Institut Informatik ...
Article - Martin Gardiner - Dec 5 2013 - 12:25pm
- 'The Slimeball' (Maritime Weapon)
Shaving foam and baby diapers might not be the first key components to spring to mind if you were tasked with developing a gargantuan Non Lethal Weapon (NLW) for use against enemy warships. But spring they did, however, to the mind of Lieutenant Commander ...
Article - Martin Gardiner - Dec 11 2013 - 8:13am
- Dr. Martens’ Bug Extermination Machine
Dr. Andy Martens, of the psychology dept. at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and colleagues from the University of Arizona, US, have devised an Extermination Machine [pictured at right]. The machine was designed to experimentally investigate a ...
Article - Martin Gardiner - Dec 13 2013 - 8:58am
- Ghastly Mathematics
A good number of very high profile philosophers and mathematicians have drawn attention to what they see as the intrinsic beauty in mathematical solutions. For example: "It seems to me now that mathematics is capable of an artistic excellence as grea ...
Article - Martin Gardiner - Dec 19 2013 - 1:48pm