Archive for November, 2011

NCBI ROFL: The return trip effect: why the return trip often seems to take less time.

By ncbi rofl | November 22, 2011 7:31 pm

“Three studies confirm the existence of the return trip effect: The return trip often seems shorter than the initial trip, even though the distance traveled and the actual time spent traveling are identical. Read More

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NCBI ROFL: The Mere Anticipation of an Interaction with a Woman Can Impair Men's Cognitive Performance.

By ncbi rofl | November 21, 2011 7:21 pm

“Recent research suggests that heterosexual men’s (but not heterosexual women’s) cognitive performance is impaired after an interaction with someone of the opposite sex (Karremans et al., 2009). These findings have been interpreted in terms of the cognitive costs of trying to make a good impression during the interaction. In everyday life, people frequently engage in pseudo-interactions with women (e.g., through the phone or the internet) or anticipate interacting with a woman later on. Read More

CATEGORIZED UNDER: duh, feelings shmeelings, NCBI ROFL

Shrimp-Like Animals Spin Super-Sticky, Super-Strong Underwater Silk

By Douglas Main | November 21, 2011 1:28 pm

Scientists have discovered a new type of silk that combines the legendary stickiness of barnacles with the strength of spider silk (which is strong as steel and five times less dense). But the new material doesn’t come from a lab—it’s made by the small shrimp-like animal Crassicorophium bonellii. These crafty amphipods spin the silk using their legs like spiders to fashion mud-coated tubes in which they live.

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By ncbi rofl | November 19, 2011 9:06 pm

Ignite talk at Google SciFoo 2011.

NCBI ROFL: "the origin of penile intervention for decorative purposes is lost in time."

By ncbi rofl | November 18, 2011 8:09 pm

Phallic Decoration in Paleolithic Art: Genital Scarification, Piercing and Tattoos

Purpose: The primitive anthropological meaning of genital ornamentation is not clearly defined and the origin of penile intervention for decorative purposes is lost in time. Corporeal decoration was practiced in the Upper Paleolithic period. We discuss the existing evidence on the practice of phallic piercing, scarring and tattooing in prehistory. Materials and Methods: We studied the archaeological and artistic evidence regarding explicit genital male representations in portable art made in Europe approximately 38,000 to 11,000 years ago with special emphasis on decorations suggesting genital ornamentation. Read More

What Batman's Medical Case History Would Look Like

By Veronique Greenwood | November 18, 2011 12:18 pm


When you watch Batman plummet 20 stories and somehow drag himself upright, you know there’s going to be a doozy of a doctor’s visit later. And what, the curious fan might wonder, would the doctor say in the face of the massive, persistent injuries of billionaire industrialist Bruce Wayne? If some GPs want to test for weird genetic diseases just on the strength of mouth dryness and occasional fatigue, who knows what they’d say to frostbite in August or bizarre allergic reactions to plants. Or rather, now we know, thanks to a physician’s case history of Patient BW over at Ordinary Gentlemen:

By far the greatest contributor to patient’s ongoing morbidity are his multiple and seemingly ceaseless musculoskeletal injuries…Patient explained most of these (and most subsequent) injuries as being the result of membership in a private and apparently quite intense mixed martial arts club.  Patient has denied being the victim of domestic abuse by Mr. Grayson following indirect and direct questioning on numerous occasions.

Patient was advised to consider recreational activities that carry less risk of ongoing physical injury, or at very least allow himself to heal fully from previous trauma before returning to participation.  Given the apparently quite aggressive tendencies of patient’s MMA club, advised him that almost any other activity he might choose is likely to confer less risk of ongoing morbidity (or even mortality).  Patient responded to this advice with his usual polite indifference…

For much (much) more (doctors take a lot of notes, man!), head over to the League of Ordinary Gentlemen.

Image courtesy of Airin / flickr

NCBI ROFL: Nintendo Wii video-gaming ability predicts laparoscopic skill.

By ncbi rofl | November 17, 2011 10:19 pm

“BACKGROUND: Studies using conventional consoles have suggested a possible link between video-gaming and laparoscopic skill. The authors hypothesized that the Nintendo Wii, with its motion-sensing interface, would provide a better model for laparoscopic tasks. This study investigated the relationship between Nintendo Wii skill, prior gaming experience, and laparoscopic skill. Read More

NCBI ROFL: CEOs with wider faces have wider profit margins.

By ncbi rofl | November 16, 2011 7:02 pm

A Face Only an Investor Could Love: CEOs’ Facial Structure Predicts Their Firms’ Financial Performance.

“Researchers have theorized that innate personal traits are related to leadership success. Although links between psychological characteristics and leadership success have been well established, research has yet to identify any objective physical traits of leaders that predict organizational performance. In the research reported here, we identified leaders’ facial structure as a specific physical trait that correlates with organizational performance. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Why you shouldn't make figures while high on drugs.

By ncbi rofl | November 15, 2011 6:57 pm

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NCBI ROFL: Real men prefer curvy cakes and straight snakes.

By ncbi rofl | November 14, 2011 7:19 pm

Emotional valence modulates the preference for curved objects.

“Previous studies have shown that people prefer objects with curved contours over objects with sharp contours. However, those studies used stimuli that were mainly neutral in emotional valence. We tested here the interplay between visual features and general valence as positive or negative. Read More

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