Lest anyone wonder why they studied the effect of mobile phones on rabbits’ sex lives, Nader Salama, Tomoteru Kishimoto, Hiro-Omi Kanayama and Susumu Kagawa spelled out their reasons.
Many scientists had tried (though for the most part failed) to prove that repeatedly holding a mobile phone against a person’s head causes damage to the brain. The four scientists looked ahead to a perhaps different question: will holding a mobile phone near a man’s testicles affect that man’s sexual behaviour?
They devised an experiment. Given the expense, complexity and delicacy of doing it with humans, they opted instead for rabbits….
So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian.