Drunk scientists can make incredible discoveries. Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan were testing a certain compound for its “superconducting” properties, while having a little party.
The tipsy researchers decided to soak the compound in the –rather impressive– stock of liquors they had on hand (sake, whisky, various wines, shochu, and beer) and seeing how they compared to the more boring soaking liquids (hot water and ethanol).
Lo and behold, Shochu jacked up conductivity by 23 percent and red wine managed to supercharge over 62 percent of the material. “The scientists were pleased, if bemused with their results.”
We recommend that they try to reproduce their results after the hangover is over, before they submit them to the “Journal of Brewing and Distilling”.
Just think of how fortunate experimental physicists will be, when all these liquids become NSERC-eligible expenses.
In other news, U. Nebraska’s researchers claim to have discovered that women’s math abilities are so –literally– vulnerable, that a mere objectifying look by a male would cause them to suffer.
I don’t understand. I, male research mathematician, have tendency to lose my focus whenever my cat “Bleue” stares at me for more than 20 seconds. Am I missing something?
Whether this is truth or fiction, it is another argument for an atmosphere of mutual respect for all in our classrooms.
But then, it gets worse. They also found that “somewhat ironically, the same women that were objectified also wanted more interaction with the person that had objectified them.”
And it gets even worse than that. The paper, entitled “When What You See Is What You Get: The Consequences of the Objectifying Gaze for Women and Men”, has been recognized as the best paper of 2011 for the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly.