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Old 12th September 2019, 07:33 PM   #1
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2019 Ig Nobel Prizes Announced

It's that time of year again! It's the time when the awards for the research that makes you laugh, then makes you think. They were awarded at the 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. Here are the winners:

MEDICINE PRIZE: Silvano Gallus, for collecting evidence that pizza might protect against illness and death, if the pizza is made and eaten in Italy.

MEDICAL EDUCATION PRIZE: Karen Pryor and Theresa McKeon, for using a simple animal-training technique— called “clicker training” —to train surgeons to perform orthopedic surgery.

BIOLOGY PRIZE: Ling-Jun Kong, Herbert Crepaz, Agnieszka Górecka, Aleksandra Urbanek, Rainer Dumke, and Tomasz Paterek, for discovering that dead magnetized cockroaches behave differently than living magnetized cockroaches.

ANATOMY PRIZE: Roger Mieusset and Bourras Bengoudifa, for measuring scrotal temperature asymmetry in naked and clothed postmen in France.

CHEMISTRY PRIZE: Shigeru Watanabe, Mineko Ohnishi, Kaori Imai, Eiji Kawano, and Seiji Igarashi, for estimating the total saliva volume produced per day by a typical five-year-old child.

ENGINEERING PRIZE: Iman Farahbakhsh, for inventing a diaper-changing machine for use on human infants.

ECONOMICS PRIZE: Habip Gedik, Timothy A. Voss, and Andreas Voss, for testing which country’s paper money is best at transmitting dangerous bacteria.

PEACE PRIZE: Ghada A. bin Saif, Alexandru Papoiu, Liliana Banari, Francis McGlone, Shawn G. Kwatra, Yiong-Huak Chan, and Gil Yosipovitch, for trying to measure the pleasurability of scratching an itch.

PSYCHOLOGY PRIZE: Fritz Strack, for discovering that holding a pen in one’s mouth makes one smile, which makes one happier — and for then discovering that it does not.

PHYSICS PRIZE: Patricia Yang, Alexander Lee, Miles Chan, Alynn Martin, Ashley Edwards, Scott Carver, and David Hu, for studying how, and why, wombats make cube-shaped poo. NOTE: This the SECOND Ig Nobel Prize awarded to Patricia Yang and David Hu. They and two other colleagues shared the 2015 Ig Nobel Physics Prize, for testing the biological principle that nearly all mammals empty their bladders in about 21 seconds (plus or minus 13 seconds).

For more information including references to the original research, visit the Improbable Research page.
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Old 12th September 2019, 07:44 PM   #2
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Old 12th September 2019, 10:33 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
It's that time of year again! It's the time when the awards for the research that makes you laugh, then makes you think. They were awarded at the 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. Here are the winners:

MEDICINE PRIZE: Silvano Gallus, for collecting evidence that pizza might protect against illness and death, if the pizza is made and eaten in Italy.

MEDICAL EDUCATION PRIZE: Karen Pryor and Theresa McKeon, for using a simple animal-training technique— called “clicker training” —to train surgeons to perform orthopedic surgery.

BIOLOGY PRIZE: Ling-Jun Kong, Herbert Crepaz, Agnieszka Górecka, Aleksandra Urbanek, Rainer Dumke, and Tomasz Paterek, for discovering that dead magnetized cockroaches behave differently than living magnetized cockroaches.

ANATOMY PRIZE: Roger Mieusset and Bourras Bengoudifa, for measuring scrotal temperature asymmetry in naked and clothed postmen in France.

CHEMISTRY PRIZE: Shigeru Watanabe, Mineko Ohnishi, Kaori Imai, Eiji Kawano, and Seiji Igarashi, for estimating the total saliva volume produced per day by a typical five-year-old child.

ENGINEERING PRIZE: Iman Farahbakhsh, for inventing a diaper-changing machine for use on human infants.

ECONOMICS PRIZE: Habip Gedik, Timothy A. Voss, and Andreas Voss, for testing which country’s paper money is best at transmitting dangerous bacteria.

PEACE PRIZE: Ghada A. bin Saif, Alexandru Papoiu, Liliana Banari, Francis McGlone, Shawn G. Kwatra, Yiong-Huak Chan, and Gil Yosipovitch, for trying to measure the pleasurability of scratching an itch.

PSYCHOLOGY PRIZE: Fritz Strack, for discovering that holding a pen in one’s mouth makes one smile, which makes one happier — and for then discovering that it does not.

PHYSICS PRIZE: Patricia Yang, Alexander Lee, Miles Chan, Alynn Martin, Ashley Edwards, Scott Carver, and David Hu, for studying how, and why, wombats make cube-shaped poo. NOTE: This the SECOND Ig Nobel Prize awarded to Patricia Yang and David Hu. They and two other colleagues shared the 2015 Ig Nobel Physics Prize, for testing the biological principle that nearly all mammals empty their bladders in about 21 seconds (plus or minus 13 seconds).

For more information including references to the original research, visit the Improbable Research page.

http://www.internationalskeptics.com...4#post12507814
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Originally Posted by Mojo View Post
Yep, you called it.
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Old 13th September 2019, 02:03 AM   #5
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Great idea to use clicker-training on surgeons. Should definitely be used more widely; dentists, cops, waiters, teachers etc. Works well with dogs, horses and children too, even chickens.
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Old 13th September 2019, 06:27 AM   #6
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NPR’s Science Friday used to air the whole ceremony right around Thanksgiving.... Always a fun show. Sometimes the researchers would show up and get into the spirit of the thing...

Now they’ve cut back and just have a “highlight” show.
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Old 16th September 2019, 07:26 PM   #7
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Magnetized Dead Cockroaches Study Wins Ig Nobel — and It’s Amazingly Interesting

Apparently they built one of the most sensitive magnetometers ever, and measured how the magnetic field of a magnetised cockroach decays. It decays much more slowly in a dead cockroach than in a live one, because the metabolism of a live cockroach keeps the magnetosensitive particles in their hindguts aligned. When a dead cockroach decays, the particles drift about and the field decays more slowly.

And all to test the sensitivity of a piece of equipment they had built.

Fascinating!
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That's pretty cool, thanks for sharing it.
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Old 17th September 2019, 12:38 AM   #9
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Remember: makes you laugh, then makes you think.
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Old 17th September 2019, 01:25 AM   #10
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By the way, apparently the average five year old child produces half a litre (about 17 ounces) of saliva per day.
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Fascinating. How much of that leaks out?
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Fascinating. How much of that leaks out?
About double of that.
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About double of that.
So, five year olds violate conservation of mass?
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So, five year olds violate conservation of mass?
Sure looks like it, as any parent can attest.
Maybe something for next year’s ignoble prizes?
Right next to the age old question ‘how is it possible that babies with full diapers weigh about double from what they were 5 minutes before?’
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So, five year olds violate conservation of mass?
In my experience they certainly violate conservation of energy.

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MEDICAL EDUCATION PRIZE: Karen Pryor and Theresa McKeon, for using a simple animal-training technique— called “clicker training” —to train surgeons to perform orthopedic surgery.
Did they give the surgeons a treat when they did it right?
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Originally Posted by SkepticScott View Post
Did they give the surgeons a treat when they did it right?
You could always follow the links to the original paper and find out.
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