Harvard University was held the ceremony of awarding may be one of the most unusual and controversial awards in the field of science. As always, the IG Nobel prize was awarded in ten categories. About the absurd and amusing studies to be awarded an unusual prize – the material MK.
Perhaps the most ridiculous research, which drew attention to the jury of the IG Nobel Committee was the work of French, Singaporean and American researchers decided to test whether cats are liquid. According to experts, conducted their experiments showed that outstanding ability home Pets if you wish to fill any container sometimes really technically can be considered as the body that dwells in the solid and the liquid state at the same time. Scientists have even said that for cats, you can calculate the Deborah number is a measure of the yield strength of the material in the experiment. By the way, adult males appeared to be more “fluid” than the kittens. These findings of the jury of the IG Nobel prize has deemed worthy of the award in the category “physics”.
“The IG Nobel peace prize” was awarded to the scientists from the Netherlands, clear about the definition that the game is a wind musical instrument called the didgeridoo, invented by Australian aborigines, helps stop snoring and sleep better. Experts tend to explain this relationship is what this hobby contributes to the strengthening of the upper respiratory tract.
The prize in Economics was awarded to Australian Matthew Roloff and Nancy Greer, who proved that in a casino a person will to risk more if he were holding a live crocodile. According to scientists, this can be explained by the fact that control of the predator causes a person to believe in his good fortune, and a nervous condition triggered by their experiences, pushing for decisive actions.
British scientists who became winners of this award in the category “anatomy” was able to explain why elderly people often have disproportionately large ears. As it turned out, a human ear continues to grow after thirty years, approximately two millimeters per decade.
This year was also awarded the prize in nomination “dynamics of liquids”, which, despite the written above, does not apply to cats. Awarded scientists from South Korea and the USA have studied the movement of coffee in the Cup, which the person tries to carry, while moving backwards. The study aims to understand why this is not the most standard situation coffee are often spill.
Another nomination this year was “cognitive ability”. The research in this area awarded by Italian scientists proved that the twins are unable to understand on a photograph, which of them hit the frame.
No Nobel prize was awarded in the category “biology” (the study of insects living in caves, bodies that are uncharacteristic for their gender), “food” (for the study of the role of human blood in the diet of bats of the “upland vampire”) and “GYN” (for comparison, how a fetus in the womb responds to music coming from different sources).
The IG Nobel prize has been awarded since 1991 – when an unusual award was established by a mathematician from Harvard University Marc Abrahams and edited the humor magazine “Annals of improbable research” (Annals of Improbable Research), which is a parody of a scientific journal. Give it a real Nobel laureates, and those who got it, subsequently have the right to spend on his discoveries lectures, albeit jokingly.
The prize is traditionally awarded in ten categories, five of which coincide with the traditional nominations of the Nobel prize, and five change every year. The award ceremony traditionally ends with the words, “If today you did not win the IG Nobel prize – and especially if you won – let next year you’ll get lucky”.
It is believed that the prize was not invented with the purpose to make fun of any scientists or even science in General, but rather to increase interest in science by the widest audience. Also, the founders of the award are inclined to believe that, let the IG Nobel prize sometimes called the “antinobelevskoy”, to oppose them to each other all the same it would be an exaggeration. In fact, as stated in the official documents of the award, it is awarded “for achievements that first make you laugh and then think”.
This year’s IG Nobel prizes were awarded for the 27th time. Among the most “curious” discoveries and experiments featured in the past year, we note the attempts of some scholars to live among animals in their form, and the study focused on the impact of underpants from different material on the reproductive function of rats. Pozaproshlogodnie, “anniversary” prize was awarded, including for the proposed method to turn a boiled chicken egg in the raw, as well as the discovery of the words “huh?” – interjections, on the set of languages related to each other which is a request to repeat the last phrase of the interlocutor.
By the way, one of the winners of the IG Nobel prize subsequently received the Nobel prize. We are talking about physics, Andrey Geim, who was awarded the “Nose” in 2000 for experiments with the “flying frog,” and ten years later awarded the most prestigious scientific awards for the development of the first method of obtaining graphene.
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