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NCBI ROFL: Study reveals the creepy faces that unborn babies make.

By ncbi rofl | September 20, 2012 7:00 pm

Do facial expressions develop before birth?

“BACKGROUND: Fetal facial development is essential not only for postnatal bonding between parents and child, but also theoretically for the study of the origins of affect. However, how such movements become coordinated is poorly understood. 4-D ultrasound visualisation allows an objective coding of fetal facial movements. Read More

NCBI ROFL: A new use for slugs: as shampoo testers.

By ncbi rofl | September 11, 2012 7:00 pm

The slug mucosal irritation (SMI) assay: development of a screening tool for the evaluation of ocular discomfort caused by shampoos.

“In this research, the slug mucosal irritation (SMI) assay was applied to predict ocular discomfort caused by shampoos to investigate the correlation between responses in slugs and humans. Several SMI experiments and a human eye irritation test (HEIT) were performed with 1 artificial tear solution (ArtTear) and 5 shampoos (A-E; 5%-dilution). In the HEIT, evaluation was performed by participants and an ophthalmologist at several time points. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Groundbreaking study finds beaches more popular on sunny days.

By ncbi rofl | September 3, 2012 7:00 pm

Assessing preferences of beach users for certain aspects of weather and ocean conditions: case studies from Australia.

“Three well-known Australian beaches, Surfers Paradise Beach (Gold Coast), Narrowneck Beach (Gold Coast) and Bondi Beach (Sydney), were selected for analysis of beach user preferences for certain weather and ocean conditions. Regression methods were used to determine how the numbers of visitors to these beaches are affected by these conditions. Actual visitor numbers were counted at three times during the day over several months at each beach with the aid of web cameras. The corresponding weather and ocean conditions were obtained from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and local government agencies. Weekly and seasonal factors were also considered. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Nice guys really do finish last.

By ncbi rofl | June 11, 2012 7:00 pm

Do nice guys–and gals–really finish last? The joint effects of sex and agreeableness on income.

“Sex and agreeableness were hypothesized to affect income, such that women and agreeable individuals were hypothesized to earn less than men and less agreeable individuals. Because agreeable men disconfirm (and disagreeable men confirm) conventional gender roles, agreeableness was expected to be more negatively related to income for men (i.e., the pay gap between agreeable men and agreeable women would be smaller than the gap between disagreeable men and disagreeable women). Read More

NCBI ROFL: Want to forge a signature in Arabic? Better ask a woman.

By ncbi rofl | March 15, 2012 7:00 pm

The influence of gender on ability to simulate handwritten signatures: a study of Arabic writers.

“This study investigates whether a writer’s gender can be determined from an inspection of simulated signatures written in the Arabic alphabet or Arabic abjad. It is generally believed that the penmanship of female writers is superior to male writers. There is also reason to expect that superiority in writing skill might contribute to success in simulating the signatures of other writers. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Triple feature: Do the mystical healing powers of pyramids apply to rats?

By ncbi rofl | February 22, 2012 7:00 pm

Effect of housing rats within a pyramid on stress parameters.

“The Giza pyramids of Egypt have been the subject of much research. Pyramid models with the same base to height ratio as of the Great Pyramid of Giza, when aligned on a true north-south axis, are believed to generate, transform and transmit energy. Research done with such pyramid models has shown that they induced greater relaxation in human subjects, promoted better wound healing in rats and afforded protection against stress-induced neurodegnerative changes in mice. The present study was done to assess the effects of housing Wistar rats within the pyramid on the status of oxidative damage and antioxidant defense in their erythrocytes and cortisol levels in their plasma. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Sexualization of the female foot as a response to sexually transmitted epidemics: a preliminary study.

By ncbi rofl | February 17, 2012 7:00 pm

“The authors reviewed historical literature and hypothesized a relationship between epidemics of sexually transmitted diseases and foot fetishism. They tested this hypothesis by quantifying foot-fetish depictions in the mass-circulation pornographic literature during a 30-yr. interval. Read More

NCBI ROFL: Suicide and homicide and fluoride.

By ncbi rofl | February 9, 2012 7:00 pm

Age-adjusted rates of suicide and homicide and fluoride.

“Using state data from 1992 and 2000 instead of 1975, the author both confirmed and extended Lester’s 1987 study. Like Lester’s study, the present replication showed for 1992 (but not 2000) that the more people drinking fluoridated water, the lower the rates of crude and age-adjusted suicide (partial rs: -.25 and -.25, respectively). Read More

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

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