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Chili Pepper Consumption and Mortality in Italian Adults

July 10th, 2020

In the wake of the Ig Nobel Prize-winning studies about whether eating Italian pizza in Italy might lengthen life, comes a new study about Italians who eat chili peppers:

Chili Pepper Consumption and Mortality in Italian Adults,” Marialaura Bonaccio, Augusto Di Castelnuovo, Simona Costanzo, Emilia Ruggiero, Amalia De Curtis, Mariarosaria Persichillo, Claudio Tabolacci, Francesco Facchiano, Chiara Cerletti, Maria Benedetta Donati, Giovanni de Gaetano, Licia Iacoviello and on behalf of the Moli-sani Study Investigators, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 74, no. 25, December 2019.

The authors explain:

This study sought to examine the association between chili pepper consumption and risk of death in a large sample of the adult Italian general population, and to account for biological mediators of the association.

Conclusions In a large adult Mediterranean population, regular consumption of chili pepper is associated with a lower risk of total and CVD [cardiovascular disease] death independent of CVD risk factors or adherence to a Mediterranean diet. Known biomarkers of CVD risk only marginally mediate the association of chili pepper intake with mortality.

(Thanks to Thomas Michel for bringing this to our attention.)

Ice Cream Stick Production Tradeoff

July 9th, 2020

Tradeoffs vex the production of even the most pleasure-producing products, such as ice-cream-on-a-stick treats. This study studies some of those tradeoffs:

Energy and Economic Analysis of Ice Cream Stick Production with Brine Tank Machine,” Riswanti Sigalingging and Lukman Adlin Harahap, Researchers World, vol. 2, no. 3, 2011.

The authors, at the University of North Sumatra, Indonesia, report: “Base cost can be reduced by using less expensive ice cream ingridients [sic] but it will increase the amount of ice cream stick to be produced and sold…”

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And don’t forget the Nutty ice cream stick patent, and the investigation of ice cream sticks’ aroma influence.

Pocket-Sized #1020: “Spin-Stretched Ant Neck”

July 8th, 2020

Spin-Stretched Ant Neck

In this Pocket-Sized episode #1020, Marc Abrahams shows an unfamiliar research study to Melissa Franklin. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

The research mentioned in this episode is featured in the Centrifugal Research issue (Vol. 20, #3) of the Annals of Improbable Research Magazine.

Remember, our Patreon donors, on most levels, get access to each podcast episode before it is made public.

1. Melissa Franklin encounters:

The Exoskeletal Structure and Tensile Loading Behavior of an Ant Neck Joint,” Vienny Nguyen, Blaine Lilly and Carlos Castro, Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 47, no. 2, January 22, 2014, pp. 497–504.

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Are masks necessary in operating rooms, in ordinary times?

July 7th, 2020

Questions of masks and spittle, and separately—and startlingly—the question of whether masks are necessary in ordinary, non-pandemic times in hospital operating rooms. Four medical studies covering those topics get a good looking at in the “Wear a Mask?” column in the special Small Animals issue (vol. 26, no 3) of the Annals of Improbable Research.

Pocket-Sized #1019: “Hand Clap Shape-sounds”

July 6th, 2020

Hand Clap Shape-sounds

In this Pocket-Sized episode #1019, Marc Abrahams shows an unfamiliar research study to Chris Cotsapas. Dramatic readings and reactions ensue.

The research mentioned in this episode is featured in the Important Research issue (Vol. 25, #5) of the Annals of Improbable Research Magazine.

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1. Chris Cotsapas encounters:

Inferring the Hand Configuration from Hand Clapping Sounds,” Antti Jylhä and Cumhur Erkut, Proceedings of the Digital Audio Effects Workshop (DAFx’08), pp. 301-304, 2008.

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