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IgNobel Prize 2017


Awarded Ig Nobel Prizes 2017

The IgNobel Prize recognize those scientific advances that seem joking but are not. The winners of 2017 have been:

Physics: Marc-Antoine Fardin, for using fluid dynamics to investigate the question of whether a cat can be solid and liquid

Peace: Milo Puhan, Alex Suarez, Christian Lo Cascio, Alfred Zahn, Markus Heitz and Otto Braendli, for demonstrating that playing a didgeridoo on a regular basis is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.

Economy: Matthew Rockloff and Nancy Greer, for their experiments to see how contact with a living crocodile affects a person’s willingness to bet.

Anatomy: James Heathcote, for his medical research study “Why Old Men Have Big Ears?”

Biology: Kazunori Yoshizawa, Rodrigo Ferreira, Yoshitaka Kamimura and Charles Lienhard, for their discovery of a penis in females and a vagina in the males of an insect that lives in caves.

Fluid Dynamics: Jiwon Han, for studying the dynamics of fluid movement, to investigate what happens when a person walks backwards while carrying a cup of coffee.

Nutrition: Fernanda Ito, Enrico Bernard and Rodrigo Torres, for the first scientific study about human blood in the diet of the vampire bat with hairy legs.

Medicine: Jean-Pierre Royet, David Meunier, Nicolas Torquet, Anne-Marie Mouly and Tao Jiang for using advanced brain scanning technology to measure the degree to which some people do not like cheese.

Cognition: Matteo Martini, Ilaria Bufalari, Maria Antonietta Stazi and Salvatore Maria Aglioti, for showing that many identical twins are not able to visually distinguish themselves from their twin.

Obstetrics: Marisa López-Teijón, Álex García-Faura, Alberto Prats-Galino and Luis Pallares Aniorte, for showing that a developing human fetus responds more strongly to the music that is reproduced by means of a loudspeaker inside the vagina of his mother than to the music reproduced over the womb of the mother.

As every year, it is shown that the human imagination has no limits.


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