This year's Nobel prize announcements will wrap up tomorrow with the Economics Prize. For a rundown of the winners, visit the official site: <http://nobelprize.org/> 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: <http://improbable.com/ig/winners/#ig2009> Some highlights: * Veterinary Medicine Prize: Catherine Douglas and Peter Rowlinson ... for showing that cows who have names give more milk than cows that are nameless. * 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.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Posted by Bruno at 4:54pm