The 29th Ig Nobel Prize ceremony for the most absurd scientific discoveries of the year took place at Harvard. The comic award is awarded in 10 nominations with amusing names and controversial practical applications.
According to the BBC, this year’s Ig Nobel laureates were awarded to economist Eric Maskin, M.D. Rich Roberts and physicist Jerome Friedman. The prize was decorated with an installation from a coffee cup, a packet of chewing gum, a cigarette and a toothbrush. It was accompanied by the cash equivalent – 10 trillion zimbabwean dollars or at the rate – about 40 U.S. cents.
Two scientists from Taiwan, Patricia Yang and David Hu, who conducted a study on why and how wombats are diced, received the award. A group of researchers from China, Singapore, Australia, Poland, the United States and Bulgaria won the category of Biology. They found that magnetized dead cockroaches retain magnetic properties longer than live ones.
The award for medicine was given to Italian Silvano Galos, who proved that eating pizza, but only cooked in Italy, helps to maintain health and reduce the risk of death from digestive organ cancer.
In the category “Medical Education” the committee noted the work on how to teach medical students “training conditional reflex in the conduct of orthopedic operations” with the help of tsokany a tongue. In the “Anatomy” section, the award was presented to a group of French researchers for the study of “temperature asymmetry” in naked and dressed men. The study was conducted on postmen.
The winner of the Engineering Award was a representative of Iran, who patented a device for changing diapers. In the category “Chemistry” won a Japanese scientist who set the amount of saliva daily allocated by a five-year-old child. Scientists from the Netherlands have found that the dirtiest money in the world – it’s banknotes from Romania, which most found pathogenic bacteria.
The winners of the Peace Prize were scientists from Great Britain and Singapore, who measured the pleasure of scratching the itchy place, and in the category “Psychology” noted the German scientist – for the correlation between the pen inserted in the mouth and the level of happiness.