Accounting for accommodation in a one-legged two-eared eared grebe

The title of this study says “grebes” [plural], but the story involves a single grebe [singular]. That single grebe does, as the title implies, have a single [one] leg: “Ecological Constraints and Phenotypic Accommodation in One-legged Eared Grebes,” Joseph R. Jehl Jr., The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 125(4), 2013, pp. 829-832. (Thanks to investigator Adrian […]

The math controversy that, they say, led to a mental breakdown

In an essay called “The Root of Infinity: It’s Surreal!“, the ThatsMath blog writes about a dark side to the power of numbers. The Cantor mentioned here is George Cantor [pictured here], who pretty much created large subsets of certain branches of mathematics : … But the extended system was hugely controversial, and for good […]

German Military Chest-Slapping with Rifles Leads to One Big Breast

German soldiers who regularly and thoroughly perform drills with rifles are at risk of developing one big breast, warns this medical study. The danger arises specifically from “mechanical impact of the carbine against the left side of the body during rifle drills”. The study is: “Gynecomastia in German Soldiers: Etiology and Pathology [Gynäkomastie bei Soldaten […]