The Ig Nobel Prize takes place every year mid-September right around the same time recipients of the genuine Nobel Prizes are announced. The Ig Nobel Prize however is intended to celebrate the unusual visionary whose inventions are meant to make people laugh and spark your interests in science, medicine, and technology.
HERE ARE THIS YEAR’S WINNERS:
PHYSICS PRIZE: Marc-Antoine Fardin, for using fluid dynamics to probe the question “Can a Cat Be Both a Solid and a Liquid?
PEACE PRIZE: Milo Puhan, Alex Suarez, Christian Lo Cascio, Alfred Zahn, Markus Heitz, and Otto Braendli, for demonstrating that regular playing of a didgeridoo is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.
ECONOMICS PRIZE: Matthew Rockloff and Nancy Greer, for their experiments to see how contact with a live crocodile affects a person’s willingness to gamble.
ANATOMY PRIZE: James Heathcote, for his medical research study “Why Do Old Men Have Big Ears?
BIOLOGY PRIZE: Kazunori Yoshizawa, Rodrigo Ferreira, Yoshitaka Kamimura, and Charles Lienhard, for their discovery of a female penis, and a male vagina, in a cave insect.
FLUID DYNAMICS PRIZE: Jiwon Han, for studying the dynamics of liquid-sloshing, to learn what happens when a person walks backwards while carrying a cup of coffee.
NUTRITION PRIZE: Fernanda Ito, Enrico Bernard, and Rodrigo Torres, for the first scientific report of human blood in the diet of the hairy-legged vampire bat.
MEDICINE PRIZE: Jean-Pierre Royet, David Meunier, Nicolas Torquet, Anne-Marie Mouly and Tao Jiang, for using advanced brain-scanning technology to measure the extent to which some people are disgusted by cheese.
COGNITION PRIZE: Matteo Martini, Ilaria Bufalari, Maria Antonietta Stazi, and Salvatore Maria Aglioti, for demonstrating that many identical twins cannot tell themselves apart visually.
OBSTETRICS PRIZE: Marisa López-Teijón, Álex García-Faura, Alberto Prats-Galino, and Luis Pallarés Aniorte, for showing that a developing human fetus responds more strongly to music that is played electromechanically inside the mother’s vagina than to music that is played electromechanically on the mother’s belly.
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