Friday, October 01, 2010

2010 Ig Nobels

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I promised to bring you a selection of the 2010 Ig Nobel Prize Winners this week, and I am a man of my word.



The Ig Nobel for Engineering goes to Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse and Agnes Rocha-Gosselin of the London Zoological Society plus Diane Gendron from Mexico for perfecting a method of collecting whale snot by using a remote-control helicopter.

The Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Simon Rietveld from the University of Amsterdam, and Ilja van Beest of Tilburg University in the Netherlands, for discovering that symptoms of asthma can be treated with a roller coaster ride.

The Ig Nobel in Transportation Planning was given to seven scientists from Japan and two from the U.K. for using slime mold to determine the optimal routes for railroad tracks.

The Ig Nobel for Physics goes to a trio from the University of Otago in New Zealand for demonstrating that people slip and fall less often on icy winter paths if they wear their socks *outside* of their shoes.

The Public Health Ig Nobel went to three gentlemen from the Industrial Safety and Health Office in Fort Detrick, Maryland, for experiments proving that microbes cling to bearded scientists.

The Ig Nobel in Management was awarded to three from a university in Italy for proving the "Peter Principle" in corporations can be overcome by promoting people randomly.

[selected from The Annals of Improbable Research; the complete list can be found here]


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