2007 Ig Nobel Prize Winners <http://improbable.com/ig/ig-pastwinners.html#ig2007> "For achievements that first make people LAUGH, then make them THINK" A selection of this year's winners: + PHYSICS L. Mahadevan and Enrique Cerda Villablanca, for studying how sheets become wrinkled. + BIOLOGY Prof. Dr. Johanna E.M.H. van Bronswijk, for doing a census of all the mites, insects, spiders, pseudoscorpions, crustaceans, bacteria, algae, ferns and fungi with whom we share our beds each night. + CHEMISTRY Mayu Yamamoto, for developing a way to extract vanillin -- vanilla fragrance and flavoring -- from cow dung. + LITERATURE Glenda Browne, for her study of the word "the" -- and of the many ways it causes problems for anyone who tries to put things into alphabetical order. + NUTRITION Brian Wansink, for exploring the seemingly boundless appetites of human beings, by feeding them with a self-refilling, bottomless bowl of soup.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Posted by Bruno at 3:20pm