Recent Paper Decent Puzzle is hosted by Dan Riskin, and produced by Meagan Perry. It’s a podcast with two parts: First, Dan breaks down a recent scientific journal article for the curious non-expert. Then Dan presents a fun puzzle.
Episode 17 is up! The paper is:
Wright, N. A., D. W. Steadman, and C. C. Witt. 2016. Predictable evolution toward flightlessness in volant island birds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1522931113.
The puzzle is called “Balls in a Bucket.”
This week we’re listening along as Sherri has a botfly surgically removed from her ankle. Scroll down for a few more pictures of the carnage.
This week’s puzzle is called the five-pointed star.
Evan Brock has provided a solution to puzzle 14: The Raiders of the Lost Ark Puzzle (which I now know would more appropriately be called the Die Hard puzzle, since the puzzle appears in one of the sequels, or something). Hear the puzzle here: Jump to 8:30 or so
The results of the great 2016 chocolate ice cream taste-test are in!
Big thanks to listeners who sent in their results!
Erin Menzies of the Cornell Soil and Water Lab (Ithaca, NY) sent in results for 4 flavours of chocolate ice cream, tasted by 20 participants. Martin Remy of Highlands Ranch, CO sent in results for 5 flavours, tested by 4 people.
Combined with the data we collected in Toronto, that’s a total of 29 people! That’s AMAZING!!!!
If you want to play with the data yourself, I’m posting the data and the r-code I used for analysis.
For context, I compare the results we got to this paper:
Guinard, J. X., C. Zoumas-Morse, L. Mori, D. Panyam, and A. Kilara. 1996. Effect of Sugar and Fat on the Acceptability of Vanilla Ice Cream. Journal of Dairy Science DOI: 10.3168/jds.S0022-0302(96)76561-X.
And finally, the puzzle for today’s epsiode is called the “Raiders of the Lost Ark Statue,” and it’s inspired by Nigel Coldwell’s 22nd puzzle. Good luck!
Evan Brock has provided a solution to puzzle 13: The Long Rope. Wanna hear it again before you read the answer? Just click below and jump to about 11:00.
Evan Brock has kindly provided yet another scintillating solution. This time it’s an answer to the counter-intuitive question (I think) of the Breath-holding Coin Toss. To revisit the question, listen to the link below (jump to 12:40 or so.)
This will be our last episode before the summer break, so we’re doing something different. No paper, no puzzle. Just a citizen science experiment on chocolate ice cream.
Details are in the podcast. We want you to do a taste test of some chocolate ice creams.
And just in case that form is confusing, here it is filled out by our group when we did the experiment.
Episode 13 is up! The recent paper is:
Jung, K., S. Shavitt, M. Viswanathan, and J. M. Hilbe. 2016. Female hurricanes are deadlier than male hurricanes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1402786111.
And the decent puzzle is about “A Long Rope.”
Evan Brock is back with a solution to puzzle number 011 (Edgy Dice). If you want to revisit that episode, listen to the link below (jump to 7:18 or so).
Thanks again, Evan!
Evan Brock is back with a solution to puzzle number 010 (Edgy Dice). If you want to revisit that episode, listen to the link below (jump to 7:18 or so).
Thanks again, Evan!