A scholarly look at scholars’ amusing study titles

Rolf Zwaan (co-author of the Ig Nobel Prize winning study “Leaning to the left makes the Eiffel Tower seem smaller: Posture-modulated thought“) is blogging about at amusing titles given to scholarly studies. He looks especially at his own field: I culled amusing titles from the 2003-2012 issues of Psych Science. It was not always easy to […]

Engineering: Taking Advantage of the Promiscuous One

Promiscuity appeals to chemical engineers, under certain circumstances. One set of those circumstances is described in the paper: “Engineering Sialidase Specificity: Taking Advantage of the Promiscuous One,” J.N. Watson, A.J. Bennet, presented at the 23rd International Carboyhdrate Symposium, held in Whistler, BC, Canada, July 23-28, 2006. The authors are at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada.

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 […]

Heavy Meals / Heavy Metals: Typo?

This study’s title appears to have a typo. Does it? “Heavy meals in urban roadside soils, part 1: effect of particle size fractions on heavy metals partitioning,” Xue-Song Wang, Yong Qin and Yong-Kang Chen, Environmental Geology, vol. 50, 2006, pp. 1061–1066. The authors are at Huaihai Institute of Technology, China University of Mining and Technology, […]

Secure: Withdrawn Because Insecure

The authors of a study describing “Unconditionally Secure Quantum Coin Tossing” withdrew the study because, they say, the scheme is insecure. Details: Unconditionally Secure Quantum Coin Tossing via Entanglement Swapping arXiv:quant-ph/0012139, 2001 Authors: Yong-Sheng Zhang, Chuan-Feng Li, Guang-Can Guo (University of Science and Technology of China) Comments: Withdraw. The scheme presented is insecure ABSTRACT: An […]