The winners of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes have just been announced. The Ig Nobel prizes reward achievements that “make people laugh then make them think”.
- Simon Rietveld and Ilja van Beest for “discovering the symptoms of asthma can be treated with a roller-coaster ride“.
Rietveld, S. and van Beest, I. (2007) Rollercoaster asthma: When postive emotional stress interferes with dyspnea perception. Behaviour Research and Therapy. [Online] Vol.45(5), pp.977-987. Available: ScienceDirect [1 October 2010] [Athens account required off campus]
- Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse, Agnes Rocha-Gosselin and Diane Gendron for “perfecting a method to collect whale snot, using a remote-control helicopter“.
Acevedo-Whitehouse, K., Rocha-Gosselin, A. and Gendron, D. (2010) A novel non-invasive tool for disease surveillance of free-ranging whales and its relevance to conservation programs. Animal Conservation. [Online] Vol.13(2), pp.217-225. Available: Wiley Online Library [1 October 2010] [Athens account required off campus]
- Manuel Barbeito, Charles Mathews and Larry Taylor for “determining by experiment that microbes cling to bearded scientists“.
Barbeito, M., Mathews, C. and Taylor, L (1967) Microbiological laboratory hazard of bearded men. Applied Microbiology. [Online] Vol.15(4), pp.899-906. Available: PubMed [1 October 2010]
Comment below if you think you’ve found any potential Ig Nobel winners. I’d nominate “Accuracy of comparing bone quality to chocolate bars for patient information purposes: observational study“, which investigates whether Aeros and Crunchies are accurate metaphors for bone structure!