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Beer mats make bad frisbees [study]
Beer mats make bad frisbees [study] ● If you’ve spent any significant amount of time trying to use a beermat as a frisbee, you’ll know that they’re not very suitable. What you may not know, is the physics behind why they’re not. A research team from the Helmholtz Institute of Radiation and Nuclear Physics and the Argelander ... [ click to read full item ]
The Frog Test [Humour Study]
The Frog Test [Humour Study] ● As some have pointed out, analyzing humour can be a bit like dissecting a frog – the frog always dies. Nevertheless, Professor Ori Amir, who is not only Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at Pomona College, US, but also a stand-up comedian – has suggestions for a new humour ... [ click to read full item ]
Painfully fashionable : The consequences of wearing pointy shoes in medieval England [study]
Painfully fashionable : The consequences of wearing pointy shoes in medieval England [study] ● It’s known that if you wear overly pointy shoes for long periods, you’re likely to damage your feet How long has this been going on? Was it prevalent in, say, medieval Cambridge, UK? To find out, researchers examined the human remains of 177 adult individuals (11th > 15th century) from ... [ click to read full item ]

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