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.
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.”
Evan Brock has provided a solution to puzzle 18: The 67P Weight-loss Plan.
This week I was in Darmstadt, Germany, making a show for Discovery Canada (and Science Channel, USA) about the Rosetta spacecraft crashing in to a comet at the end of its mission. It was really fun, but I filled my brain with too much comet stuff, and thought listeners would get a kick out of hearing some things about this mission most people don’t know.
This week’s puzzle is called “The 67P Weight-loss Plan.”
Evan Brock has provided a solution to puzzle 17: The Balls in a Bucket.
Evan Brock has provided a solution to puzzle 16: The Five-pointed Star. Hear the puzzle here: Jump to 8:00 or so
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 15: 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!