Posts by Martin Gardiner:

Score-Celebration Injuries

“Exaggerated celebrations after making a goal, such as sliding, piling up, and tackling a teammate when racing away, can result in serious injury.” Bülent Zeren, MD from the Center for Orthopaedics and Sports Traumatology, Karsiyaka, Izmir, Turkey, and Haluk H. Öztekin, MD at the Clinic of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Atatürk Research and Training Hospital, Izmir, […]

Mudi breeders

“What could be that force, which makes particular people like maniacs, to deal with things which are worthless, ignored in the eyes of the majority of others?” This question kicks off a 2003 essay by Dr. Péter Pongrácz (Professor of Ethology, at the Institute of Biology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary) regarding enthusiasts of the […]

Tabar, Medical Performance Artist

“The turning point for Tabar occurred when he realised that the hospital environment offered opportunities to exploit his lust for creativity.“ The Tabar in question is Ive Tabar – a medical performance artist (and hospital orderly) from Slovenia – and an article in the latest issue of the Journal of Performance and Art (from MIT […]

Sound: Apple crispness, crunchiness

“Sound generated during eating of apples plays important role in its texture evaluation by consumers.” A finding which has recently been backed up a Polish research team at the Institute of Agrophysics, Lublin, working in conjunction with the Research Institute of Pomology and Floriculture, at Skierniewice. The investigators employed recently developed Contact Acoustic Emission (AE) […]

Bees in Space

“Plants grown in space have not produced fruit without astronaut intervention, which raises the question, how do you pollinate plants in space?” The answer maybe provided by the ‘Bees in Space’ project, organised by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. According to their 2006 profile document ‘Bees in Space: Creating a buzz about space […]

Cheese over time

Can the basic attributes of a cheese remain stable over half a millennium or so? Fortunately, written details of the visual, olfactory, taste and texture characteristics of Parmigiano-Reggiano™ cheese can be traced back as far as the Middle Ages. Allowing the collection, consolidation and examination of historical data to form the basis of a new study […]

Barking in Budapest

“ Although it is one of the most conspicuous features of dog behaviour, barking has received little attention from ethologists or from an applied perspective.” This lack of attention has been remedied by new research from the Institute of Biology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. A team from the university’s Department of Ethology, finds, in […]