Posts by Kees Moeliker:

Twin peeks into Rudolph’s red nose (and hindquarters)

Two studies, both published in December 2012, dig into the nature of Rudolph’s red nose. Each study found a scientific surprise in the microcirculation of the reindeer’s nasal mucosa. One paper is: “Microcirculatory investigations of nasal mucosa in reindeer Rangifer tarandus (Mammalia, Artiodactyla, Cervidae): Rudolph’s nose was overheated,” Ben van der Hoven, Eva Klijn, Michel van Genderen, […]

Decline of pubic lice linked to removal of pubic hair, again

Again researchers in the UK took the lead in pubic lice research. After Nicola Armstrong and Janet Wilson of the Department of Genitourinary Medicine, The General Infirmary at Leeds, posed the intriguing question ‘Did the Brazilian kill the pubic louse’ in 2006, many feared the rapid disappearance of the primary habitat – human pubic hair […]

Ig Nobel and Improbable talks, in Rotterdam Friday

Coming mere days after the Nederlandse Ig Nobel Night (which happened September 20), there will be another Ig Nobel Event in The Netherlands. On Friday, September 26, 2014 at 9:45 pm the New Horizons Festival at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam hosts our European Bureau Chief Kees Moeliker who will explain ‘How to win an Ig […]

Ig Nobel Night in Groningen, The Netherlands

The ‘Nacht van Kunst & Wetenschap’ (Saturday, May 24, 2014) in Groningen, the Netherlands, will host an official Ig Nobel Night — with talks by four Ig Nobel Prize winners, and also a 24/7 Lecture competition. In four 20-minute sessions, Kees Moeliker (European Bureau Chief of the Annals of Improbable Research) will briefly tell about the history […]

The Homosexual Necrophiliac Duck Opera

The Ig Nobel Tour of Europe will kick off Friday, March 14th at Imperial College London. That night’s show will include the world premiere of “The Homosexual Necrophiliac Duck Opera” by composer Daniel Gillingwater. My now classic 2003 Ig Nobel Prize winning paper (with about the same title as the opera) has made some people […]

The trucker, his family and their pubic lice

Recent medical reports of pubic lice infestations are rare, but here we share a novelty, published in Tropical Biomedicine 30(1): 152–154 [First report of family infestation with pubic louse (Pthirus pubis; Insecta: Anoplura: Pthiridae) in Iran – a case report]. The authors, R. Dehghani, M. Limoee, and A.R. Ahaki, from Kashan and Kermanshah Universities of […]