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 26 is up. The paper is:
Comanns, P., P. C. Withers, and W. Baumgartner. 2016. Cutaneous water collection by a moisture-harvesting lizard, the thorny devil (Moloch horridus). Journal of Experimental Biology. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.148791.
The puzzle is called “Four Balls in a Box” (Not to be confused with last week’s five-ball question).
Get your mind out of the gutter. This is about fluid dynamics! (Get your mind out of the gutter, again.)
Episode 25 is up. The paper is:
Truscott, T. T., B. P. Epps, and R. H. Munns. 2016. Water exit dynamics of buoyant spheres. Physical Review Fluids. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.1.074501.
The puzzle is called “Five Balls in a Box” (get your mind out of the gutter).
Episode 24 is up! The paper is:
Zimmerling, J. R., and C. M. Francis. 2016. Bat mortality due to wind turbines in Canada. Journal of Wildlife Management. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21128.
The puzzle is called “Tip Speed”
Episode 23 is up! The paper is:
Chang, B., M. Croson, L. Straker, S. Gart, C. Dove, J. Gerwin, and S. Jung. 2016. How seabirds plunge-dive without injuries. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1608628113.
The puzzle is called “Skipping Baseballs”
Episode 22 is up! The paper is:
Nagasawa, M., S. Mitsui, S. En, N. Ohtani, M. Ohta, Y. Sakuma, T. Onaka, K. Mogi, and T. Kikusui. 2016. Oxytocin-gaze positive loop and the coevolution of human-dog bonds. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.1261022.
The puzzle is called “3D-2D-1D”
Evan Brock has provided a solution to puzzle 20: The Rectangular Moat.
Episode 21 is up! The paper is:
Dong, X., B. Milholland, and J. Vijg. 2016. Evidence for a limit to human lifespan. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature19793.
The puzzle is called “The Tall Building.”
Evan Brock has provided a solution to puzzle 19: Bats, Cats, and Rats.
Man, I love this guy’s style! So appreciated.
Thanks again, Evan!
I know. Such a clickbait title. I have no soul.
Episode #20 is up. The paper is:
Schwartz, S. K., W. E. Wagner Jr., and E. A. Hebets. 2016. Males Can Benefit from Sexual Cannibalism Facilitated by Self-Sacrifice. Current Biology DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.08.010.
The puzzle is called “The Rectangular Moat,” and is a slightly modified version of a riddle from Steve Miller’s Math Riddles.
Episode 19 is up! The paper is:
Bryan, C. J., D. S. Yeager, C. P. Hinojosa, A. Chabot, H. Bergen, M. Kawamura, and F. Steubing 2016. Harnessing adolescent values to motivate healthier eating. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1604586113.
The puzzle is called “Bats, Cats, and Rats.”