Ig Nobel Winners Leap from Magnetized Cockroaches to Entangled Tardigrades

Ig Nobel Prize-winning research comparing magnetized and unmagnetized cockroaches has now led to an experiment involving quantum entanglement and a tardigrade. Details about the tardigrade and entanglement are in this study: “Entanglement Between Superconducting Qubits and a Tardigrade,” K. S. Lee, Y. P. Tan, L. H. Nguyen, R. P. Budoyo, K. H. Park, C. Hufnagel, […]

Virtual cockroaches alleviate fear of cockroaches

Not many people with a fear of, say, cockroaches, would be happy to let a few of them roam across their bare hands (in order to alleviate their fears by habituation). In other words: “Although in vivo exposure is the treatment of choice for specific phobias, some acceptability problems have been associated with it.” In […]

A sort of cow, and some sorts of cockroaches

Here’s a year-end tiny collection comprising a cow and lots of cockroaches. The cow is mechanical, caught here on video (Thanks to Rachel Ehrenberg for bringing it to our attention): [vimeo]15577865[/vimeo] The University of California supplies this description: Cow: the digestive system’s complex mysteries: Nova Jiang is an artist and UCLA alumna who makes work […]

Cockroach Under-the-Tongue Safety Study

Investigator Mark Natter alerts us to an ongoing study by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID): Sublingual Cockroach Safety Study (SCSS) This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants. ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00434421 Purpose: Immunotherapy may help reduce symptoms of allergy and asthma. Problems concerning compliance and adverse events with subcutaneous allergen immunotherapy […]

Music | Cockroaches | Nudity – a review

The latest issue of the journal Radical Musicology presents one of the very few peer-reviewed scholarly articles examining interspecies musical collaboration with giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches. The author, doctoral researcher Stacey Sewell, describes a 1997 performance of ‘Ritual’ by New York based artist Miya Masaoka in which the artist lay naked on stage while 13 […]