However left-field a particular subject might seem, there are almost certainly countless other research papers that wipe the floor with it in the weirdness stakes. To investigate the theory that estrus – the interval of amplified fertility and sexual awareness often referred to as "heat" in mammals – is no longer present in human females, researchers turned to an unlikely source: lap dancers.
However left-field a particular subject might seem, there are almost certainly countless other research papers that wipe the floor with it in the weirdness stakes. To investigate the theory that estrus – the interval of amplified fertility and sexual awareness often referred to as "heat" in mammals – is no longer present in human females, researchers turned to an unlikely source: lap dancers.A team from the University of New Mexico led by evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller enlisted the help of 18 professional dancers.
Or, if not, can it be connected through something else you may write about?
Another approach that usually works is taking the very broad topic and then narrowing it down, cutting away something you definitely don’t want to write about.
Interestingly, Knols is one of the few people to have won an Ig Nobel (for entomology in 2006) and a Nobel Peace Prize (shared in 2005 as part of the International Atomic Energy Agency). To examine this, researchers from the department of psychology at Illinois State University enlisted the help of 23 blindfolded volunteers, recording their perceptions of the weight of either a pound of lead or a pound of feathers contained within boxes of precisely the same shape and size.
Published in 2007, the paper – "â Which feels heavier – a pound of lead or a pound of feathers?
" noted a distinct correlation between estrus and greater income from gratuities, representing what the researchers called "the first direct economic evidence for the existence and importance of estrus in contemporary human females."Froghoppers aside, fleas are the overachieving long jumpers of the animal kingdom.
Fleas have body lengths of between 0.06 and 0.13 inches but can leap horizontal distances more than a hundred times those figures.
thesis will be their magnum opus – the zenith of their academic achievement.
Hence, it's comforting to know that the world of academic research is a far more inclusive, eclectic and remarkably unusual place than one might first assume.
Bakkevig and Nielson had investigated "the significance of wet underwear" by monitoring the skin and intestinal warmth, as well as weight loss, of eight adult male subjects wearing wet or dry underwear in controlled cold conditions.
Apart from the obvious "significant cooling effect of wet underwear on thermoregulatory responses and thermal comfort," the research also discovered that the thickness of the underwear exerted a greater effect on these factors than the material used to make the garment. In much the same way that we'd presume dragons don't get sore throats, it would be a reasonable assumption that woodpeckers don't suffer from headaches – but assumptions are a poor substitute for the authoritative grip of scientific fact.