False ‘missing toe’ sensation(s) [digital agnosia]

Do you ever get an uncanny feeling that one of your toes is missing, despite the fact that they’re all there? You’re not alone. “To the best of our knowledge, the present study is the first to document the [erroneous] experience of a ‘missing toe’ in healthy volunteers.” “Nineteen young adult participants underwent tactile stimulation […]

A newish old advance in false eyelash complexity

2007 is a long time ago, by some people’s reckoning. Thus we can say this eyelash invention is an oldish idea: “FALSE EYELASHES WITH A PLURALITY OF SUBASSEMBLIES,” European Patent Application EP2026671 Inventor: Byrne, Alexsandra (London, GB) Application Number: EP20070732980 Publication Date: 02/25/2009 Filing Date: 05/25/2007 “An eyelash adornment 1 comprises a plurality of lash […]

Fake impact factor factories

We’ve all heard about nefarious corporations employing linkfarms (or cyber-robots) to artificially bump-up their Facebook ‘likes’ – or nogoodnik book publishers who pay fake reviewers to positively puff up their online book reviews – but surely the earnest and scholarly world of academic journal publishing is above that sort of thing? Maybe think again. A […]