Crucially, the research also showed that these mosquitoes can be attracted to Limburger cheese, a stinky fromage that shares many characteristics with the whiff of human feet, offering potential use as a synthetic bait for traps.Interestingly, Knols is one of the few people to have won an Ig Nobel (for entomology in 2006) and a Nobel Peace Prize (shared in 2005 as part of the International Atomic Energy Agency). To examine this, researchers from the department of psychology at Illinois State University enlisted the help of 23 blindfolded volunteers, recording their perceptions of the weight of either a pound of lead or a pound of feathers contained within boxes of precisely the same shape and size.The suggestion is that factors such as the "muscular forces" required to handle an object could also play a role in perceptions of weight.
Published in 2009 in the , their research, "Sword swallowing and its side effects," found that performers had a heightened chance of injury when "distracted or adding embellishments" – as in the case of one unfortunate swallower who lacerated his throat after being disturbed by a "misbehaving macaw on his shoulder." In 2007 Witcombe and Meyer together received the Ig Nobel Prize in medicine in view of the pair's "penetrating medical report."Common weekend warrior tales would suggest that a beer bottle makes a good weapon in the event of a bar brawl.
But would a full or an empty bottle inflict the most damage, and would that damage include fracturing a human skull? picked up a 2009 Ig Nobel Prize in the "Peace" category.
Hence, it's comforting to know that the world of academic research is a far more inclusive, eclectic and remarkably unusual place than one might first assume.
However left-field a particular subject might seem, there are almost certainly countless other research papers that wipe the floor with it in the weirdness stakes. To investigate the theory that estrus – the interval of amplified fertility and sexual awareness often referred to as "heat" in mammals – is no longer present in human females, researchers turned to an unlikely source: lap dancers.
Published in 2007, the paper – "â Which feels heavier – a pound of lead or a pound of feathers?
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' A potential perceptual basis of a cognitive riddle" – discovered that participants rated the pound of lead as seeming weightier with an "above chance" frequency.
The study analyzed the booty-calling behavior of 61 students from the University of Texas at Austin.
What's more, it confirmed its central thesis that "the booty call may represent a compromise between the short-term sexual nature of men's ideal relationships and the long-term commitment ideally favored by women." Lead researcher Dr. Jonason, now working at the University of Western Sydney, shared follow-up papers in 20, for The mosquito is a formidable and destructive pest.
Fleas have body lengths of between 0.06 and 0.13 inches but can leap horizontal distances more than a hundred times those figures.
But were all fleas created equal in the jumping stakes?