watch 5 Unusual Research Topics That People Actually Worked On
1. Do woodpeckers get headaches?
2. Which flea can jump higher? Dog’s or cat’s?
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
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.