Fun Paper Friday

Every week we bring you a fun, funny, or fascinating paper from the world of academic literature. Papers are linked below and we encourage you to read along. Join the fun by submitting your own suggestion for a Fun Paper or discussing the paper on Slack or Twitter using the hashtag #FunPaperFiday.


Episode Paper
Ep 0 Frostquakes in New England
Ep 1 A real-time fast radio burst: polarization detection and multiwavelength follow-up
Ep 2 Aerosol generation by raindrop impact on soil
Ep 3 Dread Risk, September 11, and
Fatal Traffic Accidents
Ep 4 Geophysics: Tectonics in the Earth’s core
Ep 5 Accuracy of Smartphone Applications and Wearable Devices for Tracking Physical Activity Data
Ep 6 Coffee rings and coffee disks: Physics on the edge
Ep 7 The Asteroid Redirect Mission and Sustainable Human Exploration
Ep 8 All Models Are Wrong, but Some Are Useful
Ep 9 How to construct the perfect sandcastle
Ep 10 The Geometry of Perfect Parking
Ep 11 Zoology: Here be dragons
Ep 12 The Gravity Tunnel in a Non-Uniform Earth
Ep 13 Milk Bioactives May Manipulate Microbes to Mediate Parent-Offspring Conflict
Ep 14 Engineered Surfaces for Mitigation of Insect Residue Adhesion
Ep 15 Dynamics of microdroplets over the surface of hot water
Ep 16 Green School Grounds as Sites for Outdoor Learning: Barriers and Opportunities
Ep 17 Probing Atmospheric Electric Fields in Thunderstorms through Radio Emission from Cosmic-Ray-Induced Air Showers
Ep 18 Methane storms as a driver of Titan’s dune orientation
Ep 19 Pressures produced when penguins pooh—calculations on avian
Ep 20 Tracking Structural Changes in Lipid-based Multicomponent Food Materials due to Oil Migration by Microfocus Small-Angle X-ray Scattering
Ep 21 Onion artificial muscles
Ep 22 Are full or empty beer bottles sturdier and does their fracture-threshold suffice to break the human skull?
Ep 23 Liquid Ropes: A Geometrical Model for Thin Viscous Jet Instabilities
Ep 24 Perchlorate Behavior in a Municipal Lake Following Fireworks Displays
Ep 25 Ponytail Motion
Ep 26 Acoustic imaging of thunder from rocket-triggered lightning
Ep 27 Months between rejuvenation and volcanic eruption at Yellowstone caldera, Wyoming
Ep 28 A Sweet Sound: Physicists Reconstruct Primitive Recordings
Ep 29 Soft-Tissue Vessels and Cellular Preservation in Tyrannosaurus rex
Ep 30 Air blast produced by the Meteor Crater impact event and a reconstruction of the affected environment
Ep 31 Tests of cosmic ray radiography for power industry applications
Ep 32 When Zombies Attack!: Mathematical Modelling of an Outbreak of Zombie Infection
Ep 33 A possible role of social activity to explain differences in publication output among ecologists
Ep 34 Detection and location of rock falls using seismic and infrasound sensors
Ep 35 Inferring the global cosmic dust influx to the Earth’s atmosphere from lidar observations of the vertical flux of mesospheric Na
Ep 36 Effects of caffeine on the human circadian clock in vivo and in vitro
Ep 37 Drag Moderation by the Melting of an Ice Surface in Contact with Water
Ep 38 Energy consumption in buildings and female thermal demand
Ep 39 Aeroelastic Flutter Produces Hummingbird Feather Songs
Ep 40 Self-sustained nonlinear waves in traffic flow
Ep 41 The safety of pumpkin carving tools
Ep 42 Anticrack model for skier triggering of slab avalanches
Ep 43 Synoptic scale outbreak of self-initiated upward lightning (SIUL) from tall structures during the central U.S. blizzard of 1–2 February 2011
Ep 44 Individual differences in bitter taste preferences are associated with antisocial personality traits
Ep 45 Coffee rings and coffee disks: Physics on the edge
Ep 46 Creating a urine black hole
Ep 47 Dunes on planet Tatooine: Observation of barchan migration at the Star Wars film set in Tunisia
Ep 48 Experience teaches plants to learn faster and forget slower in environments where it matters
Ep 49 That’s What She Said: Double Entendre Identification
Ep 50 It’s a Trap: Emperor Palpatine’s Poison Pill
Ep 51 A framework for estimating stratospheric wind speeds from unknown sources and application to the 2010 December 25 bolide
Ep 52 Self-Amplification of Solid Friction in Interleaved Assemblies
Ep 53 Analysis of a Burglargram
Ep 54 Acoustic Emission from Breaking a Bamboo Chopstick
Ep 55 Mesoscale texture of cement hydrates
Ep 56 A review of lunar chronology revealing a preponderance of 4.34–4.37 Ga ages
Ep 57 Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger
Ep 58 Eye-Tracking Students’ Attention to PowerPoint Photographs in a Science Education Setting
Ep 59 A Few Goodmen: Surname-Sharing Economist Coauthors
Ep 60 MyShake: A smartphone seismic network for earthquake early warning and beyond
Ep 61 The chips are down for Moore’s law
Ep 62 Human Screams Occupy a Privileged Niche in the Communication Soundscape
Ep 63 Infinite families of monohedral disk tilings
Ep 64 P5_2 The Draining of a Lifetime
Ep 65 Hypnotic suggestion: opportunities for cognitive neuroscience
Ep 66 Relationship of vibro-mechanical properties and microstructure of wood and varnish interface in string instruments
Ep 67 No FPF – Joint show with Undersampled Radio
Ep 68 Off like a shot: scaling of ballistic tongue projection reveals extremely high performance in small chameleons
Ep 69 A Snapshot-Based Mechanism for Celestial Orientation
Ep 70 How many pears would a pear packer pack if a pear packer could pack pears at quasi-exogenously varying piece rates?
Ep 71 Duration of urination does not change with body size
Ep 72 Swearing as a Response to Pain—Effect of Daily Swearing Frequency
Ep 73 Impact of meat and Lower Palaeolithic food processing techniques on chewing in humans
Ep 74 Quantification of Overnight Movement of Birch (Betula pendula) Branches and Foliage with Short Interval Terrestrial Laser Scanning
Ep 75 Head and neck injury risks in heavy metal: head bangers stuck between rock and a hard bass
Ep 76 Leaping eels electrify threats, supporting Humboldt’s account of a battle with horses
Ep 77 Interference puts satellite data at risk
Ep 78 Cluster failure: Why fMRI inferences for spatial extent have inflated false-positive rates
Ep 79 Heating of Jupiter’s upper atmosphere above the Great Red Spot
Ep 80 Eukaryotic opportunists dominate the deep-subsurface biosphere in South Africa
Ep 81 The Psychology of ‘Pokémon Go’: What’s Fueling the Obsession?
Ep 82 Acoustic levitation of a large solid sphere
Ep 83 A review of lunar chronology revealing a preponderance of 4.34–4.37 Ga ages
Ep 84 Visualization of sneeze ejecta: steps of uid fragmentation leading to respiratory droplets
Ep 85 Ray Tracking JELL-O Brand Gelatin
Ep 86 Modelling the failure mechanisms of Michelangelo’s David through small-scale centrifuge experiments
Ep 87 Measuring recreational visitation at U.S. National Parks with crowd-sourced photographs
Ep 88 The ethics of human-chicken relationships in video games: the origins of the digital chicken
Ep 89 Video Games Do Affect Social Outcomes
A Meta-Analytic Review of the Effects of Violent and Prosocial Video Game Play
Ep 90 Effect of Standing or Walking at a Workstation on Cognitive Function
Ep 91 Cure for a headache
Ep 92 The Dorsa Argentea, Mars: Comparison to >5900 Terrestrail Esker Systems and Statistical Tests for Topographic Relationships
Ep 93 The case of the disappearing teaspoons: longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute
Ep 94 Formation of the ‘ Great Unconformity’ as a
trigger for the Cambrian explosion
Ep 95 An Empirical Investigation into Programming Language Syntax
Ep 96 Inhibitory spillover: Increased urination urgency facilitates impulse control in unrelated domains
Ep 97 Inferring Passenger Denial Behavior of Taxi Drivers from Large-Scale Taxi Traces
Ep 98 Humulone suppresses replication of respiratory syncytial virus and release of IL-8 and RANTES in normal human nasal epithelial cells
Ep 99 Revisit episodes 19, 22, 76, and 59
Ep 100 “So bigge as bigge may be”: tracking size and shape change in domestic livestock in London (AD 1220­-1900)
Ep 101 Depositional evidence for the Kamikaze typhoons and links to changes in typhoon climatology
Ep 102 Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials
Ep 103 Shaken, not stirred: bioanalytical study of the antioxidant activities of martinis
Ep 104 Will humans swim faster or slower in syrup?
Ep 105 Ingested foreign bodies and societal wealth: three year observational study of swallowed coins
Ep 106 High heels as supernormal stimuli: How wearing high heels affects judgements of female attractiveness Evolution and Human Behavior
Ep 107 Evolving Transport Networks With Cellular
Automata Models Inspired by Slime Mould
Ep 108 Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor?
Ep 109 The Rise of Mountain Ranges and the Evolution of Humans: A Causal Relation?
Ep 110 Zealandia: Earth’s Hidden Continent
Ep 111 Popcorn: critical temperature, jump and sound
Ep 112 Fast dynamics of water droplets freezing from the outside-in
Ep 113 Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner? Evaluating Online Restaurant Reservations for Disease Surveillance
Ep 114 Unusual “Love Waves” Recorded Above the Cascadia Subduction Zone
Ep 115 Walking Like Dinosaurs: Chickens with Artificial Tails Provide Clues about Non-Avian Theropod Locomotion
Ep 116 Remote detection of buried landmines using a bacterial sensor
Ep 117 Trajectory of a falling Batman
Ep 118 Get Lost in Mega-Tunnels Dug by South American Megafauna/a>
Ep 119 Itch Relief by Mirror Scratching. A Psychophysical Study
Ep 120 Eukaryotic opportunists dominate the deep-subsurface biosphere in South Africa
Ep 121 No Fun Paper This Week!
Ep 122 Fragmentation of Rods by Cascading Cracks: Why Spaghetti Does Not Break in Half
Ep 123 The Boring Company
Ep 124 Fragmentation of Rods by Cascading Cracks: Why Spaghetti Does Not Break in Half
Ep 125 The nature of navel fluff
Ep 126 IoT Goes Nuclear: Creating a ZigBee Chain Reaction
Ep 127 Researchers probe explosion of pyrosomes off the Northwest Coast
Ep 128 The right way to kiss: directionality bias in head-turning during kissing
Ep 129 On the stability of four-legged tables
Ep 130 Ants as a powerful biotic agent of olivine and plagioclase dissolution
Ep 131 Reduced Diversity of Life Around Proxima Centauri and TRAPPIST-1
Ep 132 The theory of interstellar trade
Ep 133 Snow precipitation on Mars driven by cloud-induced night-time convection
Ep 134 A Prime Case of Chaos
Ep 135 Fun ways of deciding authorship order
Ep 136 Comparing 10 Sleep Trackers
Ep 137 On the Rheology of Cats