Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Ig Nobel Awards - 2006

A list of the 2006 Ig Nobel winners, awarded Thursday (These awards are given for wierd, wacky, and sometimes worthless scientific research):

ORNITHOLOGY -- The late Philip R.A. May and Ivan R. Schwab, for exploring and explaining why woodpeckers don't get headaches.

NUTRITION -- Wasmia Al-Houty and Faten Al-Mussalam, for showing that dung beetles are finicky about dung.

-- Howard Stapleton, for inventing a teenager repellent, an electronic device that makes an annoying noise audible to teenagers but not adults.

-- D. Lynn Halpern, Randolph Blake and James Hillenbrand, for their experiments on why people dislike the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard.

-- Nic Svenson and Piers Barnes, for calculating the number of photographs you must take to ensure nobody in a group photo has their eyes closed.

-- Daniel Oppenheimer, for his report "Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with Using Long Words Needlessly."

-- Francis M. Fesmire, for his medical case report "Termination of Intractable Hiccups with Digital Rectal Massage"; and Majed Odeh, Harry Bassan and Arie Oliven for their subsequent medical case report.

-- Basile Audoly and Sebastien Neukirch, for their insights into why dry spaghetti often breaks into more than two pieces when bent.

-- Antonio Mulet, Jose Javier Benedito, Jose Bon and
Carmen Rossello, for their study "Ultrasonic Velocity in Cheddar Cheese as Affected by Temperature."

-- Bart Knols and Ruurd de Jong, for showing that female malaria mosquitoes are attracted equally to the smell of Limburger cheese and to the smell of human feet.


Blogger Chintan said...

weird topics indeed. But I guess many can be used by the businesses (esp. food and drug industry) to improve the quality of their products.

Something new to know (wikipedia has more if you are interested). Nice post.

06 October, 2006 11:13  
Blogger Praveer said...

@chintan: Not that it particularly interested me, just saw the article on cnn and posted it. This is an annual feature, but it was in the news that day because they had just been announced.

08 October, 2006 15:32  
Blogger SAL said...

dint even know, there were awards for such off-beat & werd research topics. A good read!

14 November, 2006 17:02  
Blogger Praveer said...

@sal: this seems to be a yearly award. lets see what happens next year.

18 November, 2006 11:49  

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