High-tech use for garlic skin – supercapacitors (new study)

Attention electronic engineers – stuck for a suitable material for creating supercapacitor electrodes? Have you thought about carbonized garlic skin? If not, may we recommend a new research paper scheduled for publication in the journal Nanoscale – entitled ‘Synthesis of Garlic Skin-Derived 3D Hierarchical Porous Carbon for High-Performance Supercapacitors’.  Researchers Qing Zhang, Kuihua Han, Shijie […]

Podcast #90: Effect of Eating Garlic on Armpit Odor

If a person eats garlic, does that change the person’s armpit odor? Jean Berko Gleason, a researcher who is disgusted by both garlic and armpit odor, helps us appreciate research on that very question, in this week’s Improbable Research podcast. SUBSCRIBE on Play.it, iTunes, or Spotify to get a new episode every week, free. This week, Marc Abrahams discusses a published garlic/armpit study, with dramatic readings from Boston University […]

Garlic — A Sensory Pleasure or a Social Nuisance? [podcast 75]

Whether garlic is a sensory delight or a social horror is the big question in this week’s Improbable Research podcast. SUBSCRIBE on Play.it, iTunes, or Spotify to get a new episode every week, free. This week, Marc Abrahams  — with dramatic readings by Yale/MIT/Harvard biomedical researcher Chris Cotsapas — tells about: Garlic —A Sensory Pleasure or a Social Nuisance?— “Garlic: A Sensory Pleasure or a […]

The special HUMAN HEADS issue of the magazine is out!

The special HUMAN HEADS And GARLIC issue (vol. 22, no. 1) of the magazine (the Annals of Improbable Research) is now out! It’s bursting (as are all our issues) with carefully culled, improbable research snippets about everything, from anywhere, more or less. This is the very first issue of our all-PDF era. We hope you enjoy it, and that you will […]

Celebrating Norway’s Ig Nobel Prize winners, and others, too

The Schrödingers katt science TV program celebrated some of Norway’s Ig Nobel Prize winners  — and several other Ig Nobel Prize winners, too. They also interviewed me. Click on the image below, to be whisked to the Schrödingers katt web site and watch the entire episode: The featured Norwegian winners include: The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize for arctic science, awarded to Eigil Reimers and Sindre […]

(Self-tested!) Intravenous garlic juice herpes treatment (new patent)

Inventor Behnam Azizkhani describes a newly patented (US 9,089,597) medical treatment (for herpes and other conditions) involving intravenous diluted garlic juice injections – which were self-tested. The patent includes this compelling technical drawing; the inventor is represented, graphically, as the bottommost element of the drawing: Please note: Improbable strongly recommends that interested parties should consult qualified […]