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34. A New Cohort of Harveys: An Analysis of the Influence of Current Events on Name Popularity

7/8/2018
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Abby and Amy are researching up a storm to ask: do hurricanes and serial killers affect trends in naming infants? Discussion topics include: respecting Ian's wish to be called IAN, the mere exposure effect, and our hosts' nemesis origin story. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:29:23

33. Can You Keep The Secret?: A Contrastive Study of the Effects of Self-Help Strategies and Hatred on Problem-Solving

6/25/2018
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Abby and Amy break a long-held vow of silence to ask: are the directives in 2006 self-help book The Secret more effective than pure spite-fueled determination? Discussion topics include: weather-controlling bootstrap magic, affable bros, and the positive effects of a heart full of hate. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:24:54

32. Dealing with Friends Who Deal With Dragons: Observing the Formation of Adult Friendships In Test Subjects with a Shared Childhood Fandom

6/10/2018
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Abby and Amy are taking a break from discovering their shared childhood interests to discuss: are adult friendships more likely to form among people who have a shared childhood interest? Discussion topics include: shameless cross-promotion, dubious correlations, and a disturbing lack of familiarity with Arnold Palmer. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:40:05

31. The Wawa Facts Tolerance Threshold: An Examination of the Effects of Location on Wawa/Sheetz Fanaticism

5/21/2018
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This week Abby and Amy are treating themselves to the Platonic ideal of a convenience store hoagie and asking: what are the factors at play in the Wawa/Sheetz rivalry? Discussion topics include: whim-based identity theft, Tiki the Wawa Cockatoo, and surcharge-free ATMs. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:31:17

30. The Three-Hyphen Problem: A Report on Hyphenated Naming Strategies in a Previously-Established Moon Colony

5/6/2018
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This week Abby and Amy find out what's in a (hyphenated) name and ask: what are the naming strategies for passing on double surnames? Discussion topics include: podcast lore, moon sexism and/or the lack thereof, and very fancy British lads. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:35:07

29. Let Me Tell You About Homestuck: An Ethnography of Self-Shaming Practices in the Homestuck Fandom

4/22/2018
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This week Abby is too sick for research, so she's teaching Amy about Homestuck so they can ask: why is the Homestuck fandom so self-deprecating? Discussion topics include: Is That Vriska?, fond recollections of peak weird 2012 fandom, and garbage sensibility. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:44:00

28. April Showers 2: Back in the (Shower) Habit

4/8/2018
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Abby and Amy get their hands dirty with a return to the topic of shower habits. Discussion topics include: shower oatmeal, Amy takes one for the team, #vindication. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:20:31

27. I Like My Research Like I Like My Coffee: Analyzing Linguistic Origin via Oral History-based Data Collection

3/25/2018
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This week Amy and Abby sit down with a hot beverage and ask: is there a traceable original punchline for 'I like my [x] like I like my coffee?" Discussion topics include: serving the freshest burns on Edmund Pevensie, universally hilarious robot jokes, and a definitive judgment on Shakespeare. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:37:34

26. Do You Hear the People Nap?: A Prospective Observational Study of the Effect of Flexible Work Schedules on Health and Mood

3/11/2018
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This week Amy and Abby rise from an all-consuming slumber and ask: is the 9 to 5 workday compatible with an adult sleep schedule? Discussion topics include: We Miss the Sun, being nothing less than a shining beacon of productivity in our 9 to 5 jobs, and how vaping is never going to make you cool. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:33:43

25: Is Chess A Sport?: An Experiential Approach to Designating Ease of Mastery in Olympic Sports

2/18/2018
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This week Amy and Abby go for the gold and ask: what sport is the easiest to master? Discussion topics include: unnecessarily sexy Canadian figure skating, the hosts' new least favorite sports, and What Skaters Actually Do Vs. What They Say They Do. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:30:54

24. Dedicate Your Lives to Science!: An Indefinitely Ongoing Statistical Overview of Times of Death Across Diverse Age Populations

2/4/2018
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This week Amy and Abby look mortality in the face and say: is there a time of day when people are more likely to die? Discussion topics include: Collin the Book Club Cryptid, the ownership of all of your hearts, and the relative advantages of being in Space Hufflepuff. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:35:50

23: Freedom Is a Roomba with Knives Taped to It: Observing Spontaneous Idiom Production in Constructed Language Populations

1/21/2018
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The cat's out of the bag: Abby and Amy want to know if some languages have more idioms than others! Discussion topics include: What We Think Star Trek Is About, expressive methods of verbalization, and the favorite beverages of Western people. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:50:01

22. 2018’s True Name: A Critical Assessment of the Efficacy of New Year’s Resolutions on End-of-Year Satisfaction

1/7/2018
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The ball has dropped and so has the newest episode of More Research Required, where Abby and Amy ask: do people feel more accomplished at the end of the year if they made a new year's resolution? Discussion topics include: sneak previews of future studies, misleading applications of the works of Oscar Wilde, and contracts drafted in crayon and blood. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:44:22

21. Non-Denominational Holiday Miracles: Measuring the Frequency of Holiday Greetings

12/26/2017
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What's that coming down the chimney? It's Abby and Amy, with a bag full of research methods to answer: what holiday greetings are used between Christmas Day and the new year? Discussion topics include: are aliens real?, two different kinds of communism, and the Dreamwork's knockoffs of traditional winter salutations. Plus, a preliminary update to Episode 1: The Hunger Dames! Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:43:42

Field Research: Seattle/Podcon

12/10/2017
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Abby and Amy are traveling to the distant, mysterious city of Seattle and trying to uncover its secrets. Discussion topics include: mermaids in a horse costume, Pacific Northwest Noir That's Not Noir, and using cryogenic freezing for its intended purpose. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:24:37

19. You Spin Me Right Round: A Non-invasive and Ethical Survey of Directionality in Showering

12/3/2017
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Abby and Amy come clean and ask: what determines the direction you face while in the shower? Discussion topics include: thoughts from A Real Science, bathroom SCUBA, and One Day More (solo version). Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:39:58

17: A Fistful of Snickers: Creating a Method to Determine the Optimization of Trick-or-Treat Routes

10/29/2017
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Abby and Amy are going door to door and asking: what's the optimal method for trick-or-treating? Discussion topics include: Kids Become Test Subjects!, arguably logical methodology, and who we hold responsible when candy goes missing. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:43:34

16: Crystals Are Gay Culture: A Survey Examining Queerness and Feminism in Witch Spaces

10/15/2017
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Abby and Amy keep up that autumnal vibe and ask: are queer people and feminists more likely to be witches? Discussion topics include: witch familiars, dancing naked in the forest with your gal pals, and the one thing Amy knows about modern witchcraft. Make sure to stay tuned to the end to catch an important correction to Casting Vaguely Downwards, a podcast about the casting of the upcoming Good Omens miniseries. Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:34:39

15. Behaving Monstrously: Analyzing the Interaction Between Cat-Dog and Vampire-Werewolf Preferences

10/1/2017
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Abby and Amy get spooky and ask: do people who prefer vampires to werewolves prefer cats to dogs? Discussion topics include: Twilight and Teen Wolf, house fires, and the o m i n o u s L a t i n w h i s p e r s . Our music is Marie Curie by The Crypts!, from the album Discover Science.

Duration:00:40:58

14. Leaving the Bathroom: A Longitudinal Study of Perceptions of Gender on Gender-Restricted and Mixed Gender Campuses

9/17/2017
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(cw: mentions of transphobia) Abby and Amy start to ask: do gender neutral bathrooms effect college students' perceptions of gender? And then they ask something completely different instead. Discussion topics include: the plural of data, reading way too much about bodily fluids, and the potential uses for college endowments. Our gender theory reading list, provided by a Friend of the Podcast, is: Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore...

Duration:00:35:07