A scholarly paper about a ritual monster of Spain appears to have a monstrously loooooooooong abstract, which you can see if you click the link on the title: “Tarasca: ritual monster of Spain,” David D. Gilmore, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 152, no. 3, September 2008, pp. 362-82. The author is at Stony brook University.
Smelov’s investigation of HPV on toilet seats in international airports
Lead author Smelov and colleagues write, in this letter to a medical journal, about a careful investigation that may (and may not) have small or nonexistent implications: “Are human papillomavirus DNA prevalences providing high-flying estimates of infection? An international survey of HPV detection on environmental surfaces,” Vitaly Smelov [pictured here], Carina Eklund, Laila Sara Arroyo […]
Politicians’ Christmas Lottery Windfall
Christmas randomness can pay off for politicians, implies this new study: “Politicians’ Luck of the Draw: Evidence from the Spanish Christmas Lottery,” Manuel Bagues and Berta Esteve-Volart, FEDEA Working Paper #2011/01, January 2011. The authors, at Universidad Carlos III and FEDEA, Madrid, Spain and at York University, Toronto, Canada, explain: “It is well known that […]