Thigh Gaps

Considering the relatively high level of media interest in the so-called ‘Thigh Gap’ phenomenon over the last few years, it’s perhaps surprising that very few scientific researchers appear to have looked into it. Improbable has managed to find only one experimental study, undertaken by Khyati Maheshkumar Ganatra of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at […]

The effect of foreign sumo wrestlers on the body-mass/human-capital relationship in Japan

This economics study suggests that allowing foreigners to work as sumo wrestlers has been detrimental to the quality of native wrestlers’ wrestling: “Is body mass human capital in sumo? Outcome of globalization and formation of human capital in Japan,” Eiji Yamamura, Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, epub November 22, 2013. The author, at […]

Coffee and Breast Size: A reply

A reply to the study we mentioned two days ago: “Of cup and bra size: Reply to a prospective study of breast size and premenopausal breast cancer incidence,” Anita Ringberg, Erika Bageman, Carsten Rose, Christian Ingva and Helena Jernstrom, International Journal of Cancer, vol. 119, 2006, pp. 2242–2243. The authors explain: “we found that the […]