Podcast #34: OM, OM, OM, Monkey Wrench, Basic Black Dress

The repetitive physics of the word “OM”,  Barcus and his monkey wrench, some more clever contraptions to capture crooks, and the question “Basic Black Dress – Hot or Not?” — all these all turn up in this week’s Improbable Research podcast.

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This week, Marc Abrahams tells about:

  • Repetitive physics of the word “OM”. (Gurjar, Ajay Anil, and Siddharth A. Ladhake (2008). ‘Time-Frequency Analysis of Chanting Sanskrit Divine Sound “OM”.’ International Journal of Computer Science and Network Security 8 (8): 170–75. / –– (2009). ‘Spectral Analysis of Sanskrit Divine Sound OM.’ Information Technology Journal 8: 781–85. / –– (2009). ‘Optimal Wavelet Selection For Analyzing Sanskrit Divine Sound “OM”.’ International Journal of Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Applications 3 (2): 225–33. / –– (2009). ‘Analysis of Speech Under Stress Before and After OM Chant Using MATLAB 7.’ International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Applications in Engineering, Technology and Sciences 2 (2): 713–18. / –– (2009). ‘Time-Domain Analysis of “OM” Mantra to Study It’s [sic] Effect on Nervous System.’ International Journal of Engineering Research and Industrial Applications 2 (3): 233–42. / Gurjar, Ajay Anil (2009). ‘Multi-Resolution Analysis of Divine Sound “OM” Using Discrete Wavelet Transform.’ International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Applications in Engineering, Technology and Sciences 2 (2): 468–72. Featuring dramatic readings by Jean Berko Gleason.)
  • Barcus and his monkey wrench. (“Monkey Wrench,” US patent 753837,  issued to Luther C. Barcus on March 8, 1904. Featuring dramatic readings by Sue Wellington.)
  • Some further clever contraptions to capture crooks. (Helene Adelaide Shelby’s “Apparatus for Obtaining Criminal Confessions and Photographically Recording Them” (U.S. patent 1749090, granted 1930). Here’s a drawing from Shelby’s patent: ShelbyConfessionPatent  / Alphonse J. Thibault’s “Burglar Trap” (U.S. Patent 1807944, granted 1931)  / Peter Boudreau’s “Crime Prevention System” (U.S. patent 3680499, granted 1972)  / Jack Jensen’s “Airplane Hijacking Injector” (U.S. patent 3841328, granted 1974). Featuring dramatic readings by Richard Baguley.)
  • Basic Black Dress – Hot or Not? (Shkolnik, Amiram, C. Richard Taylor, Virginia Finch, and Arieh Borut (1980). ‘Why Do Bedouins Wear Black Robes in Hot Deserts?Nature 283: 373–75.  / Hutchinson, John C. D., and Graham D. Brown (1969). ‘Penetrance of Cattle Coats by Radiation.’ Journal of Applied Physiology 26 (4): 454–64. Featuring dramatic readings by Jean Berko Gleason.)

The mysterious John Schedler or the shadowy Bruce Petschek perhaps did the sound engineering this week.

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