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watch 5 Unusual Research Topics That People Actually Worked On


watch 5 Unusual Research Topics That People Actually Worked On

watch 5 Unusual Research Topics That People Actually Worked On

1. Do woodpeckers get headaches?


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In 2002, Ivan Schwab an ophthalmologist, published a paper that details the raft of psychological traits woodpeckers have. These traits have helped them to avoid brain damage, detached eyes, and bleeding when they hammer their beaks into trees at the speed of 20 times a second, 12,000 times a day.

2. Which flea can jump higher? Dog’s or cat’s?


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Fleas are the overachiever jumpers of the animal kingdom. To find out which one would triumph between the dog and cat dwelling varieties, researchers from the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse, France did a research. This research meticulously recorded the leaping efforts of a collection of both species of flea.The research states dog’s. Fleas on dogs can jump higher than the fleas on the cat.

3. The propulsion parameters of penguin poop


Image sourceVictor Benno Meyer-Rochow decided to answer the question – How much internal pressure penguins generate for poop firing process. The paper he published back in 2003 was, “Pressures produced when penguins pooh – calculations on avian defecation”. The researchers were able to calculate that the birds employed pressures of up to 60 kPa (kilopascal) to eject their bodily waste.


4.  Whether chickens prefer beautiful humans


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In 2002, research paper by Stefano Ghirlanda, Liselotte Jansson, and Magnus Enquist answered a question probably no one thought of before. Whether Chickens prefer beautiful humans? Their study saw that 6 trained chickens were shown male and female faces ranging from average to exaggerated characteristics. Later a group of 14 (human) students were given the same test. Surprisingly the experiment showed a consistency with human sexual preferences. This also proved that human preferences don’t stem from face specific adaptations, but from general properties of the nervous system.


5. The effects of cocaine on honey bees


A team lead by Gene Robinson, entomology and neuroscience professor, proposed a paper entitled, “Effects of cocaine on honeybee dance behavior” in 2009. These papers proved that honey bees that were mildly affected by low doses of cocaine showed behavioral changes. These doses prompted bees to dance exuberantly for longer hours and gather 25% quicker when they found abundant food source. They also exaggerated the scale of their bounty.

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