Friday, 05 Oct, 2007 Science

The 2007 Winners of Ig Nobel Prize Who Made us Laugh and Think


Scientists of the research projects that "first make people laugh, and then make them think" were awarded with Ig Nobel Prize.

The 17th ceremony of Ig Nobel Prize or also called Improbable Research took place at Harvard's Sanders Theatre on Thursday night, October 4. The Ig Nobel Prizes that are parodies of the real Nobel Prizes, are awarded annually to celebrate unusual, creative and improbable achievements in science, medicine and technology. Some of these inventions may seem weird and hilarious nevertheless they are truly breakthroughs in science.

Brian Witcombe of Gloucester, UK, and Dan Meyer of Antioch, Tennessee, USA, was awarded for the in-depth report that analyzed "Sword Swallowing and Its Side Effects".

Dutch researchers Prof. Dr. Johanna E.M.H. van Bronswijk of Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands was applauded for the study of all the insects, bacteria, fungi, shellfish, mites, ferns and other living things that sleep with us each night.

L. Mahadevan of Harvard University, USA, and Enrique Cerda Villablanca of Universidad de Santiago de Chile, were awarded for finding the key to how sheets become wrinkled.

Japanese scientist Mayu Yamamoto of the International Medical Center of Japan managed to extract a vanilla fragrance and flavor from cow dung.

Brian Wansink of Cornell University, once questioned the limits of human appetite and studied the topic by feeding people with a self-refilling, bottomless bowl of soup.

Australian woman scientist Glenda Browne of Blaxland, Blue Mountains made a significant contribution studying the word "the" and resolving many resolve issues regarding it, such as when you try to put things into alphabetical order.

Juan Manuel Toro, Josep B. Trobalon and Núria Sebastián-Gallés, of Universitat de Barcelona won international recognition by demonstrating that rats sometimes cannot distinguish if person is speaking Japanese backwards Dutch backwards.

The team from The Air Force Wright Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio developed a "gay bomb" -the chemical weapon that is aimed at enemy soldiers who will become sexually attracted to each other after the attack of this weapon.

Three scientist from Argentina Patricia V. Agostino, Santiago A. Plano and Diego A. Golombek of Universidad Nacional de Quilmes found that Viagra is useful to hamsters helping them recover from jetlag.

A researcher from Taiwan who didn't appear on the ceremony, was awarded for inventing a tool able to catch robbers by putting a net over them.

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