Is This True? “The Liar’s Walk—Detecting Deception with Gait and Gesture”

A new study about walking and liars and computers is bountiful for teachers who want their students to decide whether to believe bold claims. See if you can count the bold claims made in the study. “The Liar’s Walk—Detecting Deception with Gait and Gesture,” Tanmay Randhavane, Uttaran Bhattacharya, Kyra Kapsaskis, Kurt Gray, Aniket Bera, Dinesh […]

Pet Dogs Synchronize Walking Pace With Owners [research study]

Further progress in the study of whether and how pet dogs synchronize their walking pace with that of their owners: “Pet Dogs Synchronize Their Walking Pace With That of Their Owners In Open Outdoor Areas,” Charlotte Duranton, Thierry Bedossa, and Florence Gaunet, Animal Cognition, epub 2017. The authors, at Aix-Marseille University, AVA Association [Cuy-Saint-Fiacre], and […]

Umbrella Progress on a Crowded Sidewalk (podcast #96)

What happens when lots of people with umbrellas walk in opposite directions on a crowded sidewalk? A research study explores that very question, and we explore that study, 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 lotsa-people-walking-with-umbrellas study. Melissa Franklin, a Harvard physics professor who designed parts of the Large […]

Unresolvable human mental states (based on a parallel universe theory)

“A mental state with respect to a situation composed by multiplying two situations equals the sum of mental states for each situation. A mental state with respect to a situation composed by dividing two situations equals the difference between mental states for each situation.” So explain professor Changsoo Shin and colleagues at the Department of […]

Hip Squeaks

Unfortunately, Ceramic-on-Ceramic (CoC) implants used in Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA) can sometimes squeak. The problem has been examined by an Australian team led by Dr. David Owen from the Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma, The Canberra Hospital, Australia. They report in the European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology, 2014 Jan;24(1):57-61. ‘The natural history of […]

Interview with the dinosaur scientist who stuck a stick on a chicken’s butt

The Clinic published an interview [in Spanish] with Bruno Rossi, who (together with colleagues) was awarded the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize for biology, for observing that when you attach a weighted stick to the rear end of a chicken, the chicken then walks in a manner similar to that in which dinosaurs are thought to have walked. […]