Sunday, October 11, 2009

Of Nobels and Ig Nobels, 2009

This year's Nobel prize announcements will wrap up tomorrow with the
Economics Prize.  For a rundown of the winners, visit the official site:

Less controversial, and usually more entertaining, are the Ig Nobels,
awarded "for achievements that first make people laugh then make them
think".  This year's winners are listed at:

Some highlights:
* Veterinary Medicine Prize: Catherine Douglas and Peter Rowlinson ...
  for showing that cows who have names give more milk than cows that are
* Chemistry Prize: Javier Morales, Miguel Apátiga, and Victor M. Castaño
  ... for creating diamonds from liquid - specifically from tequila.
* Medicine Prize: Donald L. Unger ... for investigating a possible cause
  of arthritis of the fingers, by diligently cracking the knuckles of
  his left hand - but never cracking the knuckles of his right hand -
  every day for more than sixty (60) years.