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Mini Air July 2022: Plates and Plates And Plates

mini-Annals of Improbable Research (“mini-AIR”)

July 2022, issue number 2022-07. ISSN 1076-500X.

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Research that makes people LAUGH, then THINK.

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01 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

02 IN THE MAGAZINE ITSELF: Men Follow Women

03 Reuse of Plates and Screws in Countries

04 The Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony is Not All That Far Away

05 Limerick Challenge: Impact of Plates on Countries

06 Uses of Urine / Wheat Testing Winner

07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Pepper Lips, Music Chem, Winning Feelings

20 SOME IMPROBABLE EVENTS

30 — Subscribe to the Actual Magazine! (*)

31 — How to start or stop receiving this little newsletter (*)

32 — Contact Info (*)

33 — Standard Gobbledegook (*)

 

Items marked (*) are reprinted in every issue.

 

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02 IN THE MAGAZINE ITSELF: Men Follow Women

 

What you are reading at the moment (mini-AIR)

is overflow detritus from

the magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR).

 

The special MEN (AND WOMEN) issue (vol. 28, no. 4) is out. See the table of contents and selected articles at:

<https://improbable.com/publications/magazine/annals-of-improbable-research-july-august-2022-volume-28-number-4/>

 

It follows on the heels of the special WOMEN (AND MEN) issue (vol. 28, no. 3), for which you can see the table of contents and selected articles at:

<https://improbable.com/publications/magazine/annals-of-improbable-research-may-jun-volume-28-number-3/>

 

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03 Reuse of Plates and Screws in Countries

 

This month’s possibly-randomly-selected research study of the month is:

 

“Reuse of Osteosynthesis Plates and Screws in Developing Countries,” Rahadyan Magetsari, University of Groningen, 2005.

<https://pure.rug.nl/ws/portalfiles/portal/2935670/R.Magetsari.PDF>

 

 

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04 The Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony is Not All That Far Away

 

Remind yourself to remind yourself that the 32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will be webcast on Thursday, September 15, 2022.

The ceremony web page is at:

<https://improbable.com/ig/2022-ceremony/>

 

The Audicious radio program recently interviewed several Ig Nobel Prize winners, about “What It’s Like to Win the Ig Nobel Prize”.

Listen to their tales of non-woe, at

<https://www.ctpublic.org/show/audacious-with-chion-wolf/2022-07-14/laugh-and-then-think-what-its-like-to-win-the-ig-nobel-prize>

 

 

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05 Limerick Challenge: Impact of Plates on Countries

 

This month’s RESEARCH LIMERICK challenge — Devise a pleasing limerick that encapsulates this study:

 

“What Is the Impact of Tectonic Plate Movement on Country Size? A Long-Term Forecast,” by Kamil Maciuk, Michal Apollo, Anita Kukulska-Kozieł, and Paulina Lewińska, Remote Sensing, vol. 13, no. 23, 2021. (Thanks to Tom Gill for bringing this to our attention.) <https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13234872> The authors report:

 

“The Earth’s surface is under permanent alteration with the area of some nations growing or shrinking due to natural or man-made processes, for example sea level change. Here, based on the NUVEL 1A model, we forecast (in 10, 25, and 50 years) the changes in area for countries that are located on the border of the major tectonic plates….

The largest increases in area are for Mexico and Djibouti. Both these countries, after ten years, will increase their area by 13,000 and 9000 m2, respectively. After half a century, their area will increase by 65,000 and 45,000 m2. India, Nepal, and the USA are among the countries that will lose the most area due to plate movement. After just ten years, they will lose 575,000, 390,000, and 210,000 m2, respectively. In 50 years, they will decrease in area by almost 3 km2, 2 km2, and more than 1 km2, respectively.”

 

Submit your perfectly formed, delightfully enlightening limerick to:

 

PLATES & COUNTRIES LIMERICK COMPETITION

c/o <MARC aaattt IMPROBABLE dddooottt COM>

 

 

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06 Uses of Urine / Wheat Testing Winner

 

The judges have chosen a winner in last month’s Competition, which asked for a limerick to explain this study:

 

“Nutrient Recovery from Human Urine Using Pretreated Zeolite and Struvite Precipitation in Combination with Freezing‐Thawing and Plant Availability Tests on Common Wheat,” Zsófia Ganrot, Andreas Slivka, and Göran Dave, CLEAN–Soil, Air, Water, vol. 36, no. 1, 2008, pp. 45-52. <https://doi.org/10.1002/clen.200700074>. The authors report:

 

Winning limerickicist ALLISON BROWN writes:

 

If you freeze some wee you will see

Wee crystals will form from the pee.

The crystals that form

Are not quite the norm.

They concentrate nutrients free.

 

This month’s take from our LIMERICK LAUREATE, MARTIN EIGER:

 

We couldn’t extract it before,

But there’s nutrient richness galore.

Read this paper.  Then you

Will know what to do.

Step one is to urinate more.

 

 

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07 MORE IMPROBABLE: Pepper Lips, Music Chem, Winning Feelings

 

Recent improbable research bits you may have missed…

 

BLOG: <http://www.improbable.com/>:

* Lip Vibration Assessment of Hot Pepper Sensation

* Musical Instrument Distinguishes between Diethylene Glycol and Glycerol

* Reading on a Smartphone, and Sighing

*…and much more

 

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08 Status of Screws in Countries

 

This month’s slightly-less-randomly selected research report is:

 

“Research Status of Food Twin-Screw Extruder in Foreign Countries,” Wen Donghui, Food and Machinery, vol. 5, no. 73, 1999, pp. 35-37.

<https://www.oriprobe.com/journals/spyjj/1999_5.html>

 

 

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20 SOME IMPROBABLE EVENTS

 

Ig Nobel Prizes Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan                       Jun 25-Sep 11, 2022

 

Council Bluffs Library, Iowa, USA                                       Aug 18, 2022

 

Chicon 8, Chicago                                                                    Sep TBA, 2022

 

Knight Sci Journalism, Cambridge, MA, USA      Sep 13, 2022

 

32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony                   Sep 15, 2022

 

Café Scientifique, Muret, France                                         Oct 12, 2022

 

Ig Nobel Prizes Exhibition, Osaka Japan                           Oct 1-Nov 13, 2022

 

[All live events in 2021 and 2022 are subject to pandemical constraints and adventures.]

 

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33 — Standard Gobbledegook (*)

 

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