Fold when wet, if naked underwater [Podcast 53]

A Russian research project that towed naked women swimmers underwater, at high speed, to compare their skin with that of dolphins— that’s the subject of this week’s Improbable Research podcast.

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This week, Marc Abrahams  —with dramatic readings by Nicole Sharp — tells about:

  • Aleyev’s towing-naked-swimmers-underwater-at-high-speed experiments — Yuri Glebovich Aleyev (1977). Nekton. The Hague: Dr W. Junk. See 264–78.nekton-book
  • [BONUS: Two reviews of the book Nekton.]
  • [BONUS: This week, Nicole Sharp’s Tumblr, FYFD, is doing a special series about Walking on Water.]

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

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