Science!

It’s been a busy couple of days, and having had scant time for reading, quiet reflection, or writing, I have nothing original to offer this evening. But I hate to send you off empty-handed, so I invite you all to have a look at this year’s winners of the prestigious Ig Nobel Prize, which included such landmark studies as:

  • BIOLOGY PRIZE. Marie-Christine Cadiergues, Christel Joubert,, and Michel Franc of Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Toulouse, France for discovering that the fleas that live on a dog can jump higher than the fleas that live on a cat.
  • ARCHAEOLOGY PRIZE. Astolfo G. Mello Araujo and José Carlos Marcelino of Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, for measuring how the course of history, or at least the contents of an archaeological dig site, can be scrambled by the actions of a live armadillo.
  • COGNITIVE SCIENCE PRIZE. Toshiyuki Nakagaki of Hokkaido University, Japan, Hiroyasu Yamada of Nagoya, Japan, Ryo Kobayashi of Hiroshima University, Atsushi Tero of Presto JST, Akio Ishiguro of Tohoku University, and Ágotá Tóth of the University of Szeged, Hungary, for discovering that slime molds can solve puzzles.

All that and more, here. We’ll be back in harness shortly.

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3 Comments

  1. Charles says

    My favorite of those is this one from last year:

    “PEACE: The Air Force Wright Laboratory, Dayton, Ohio, USA, for instigating research & development on a chemical weapon — the so-called “gay bomb” — that will make enemy soldiers become sexually irresistible to each other.”

    Methinks Al Qaeda’s videos are about to become a lot more interesting…

    Posted October 5, 2008 at 11:44 pm | Permalink
  2. I thought this may ne of interest to ya -happy Holloween!-Pat

    http://space.newscientist.com/article/dn14…line-news_rss20

    Posted October 31, 2008 at 1:58 pm | Permalink
  3. OOPS -HERE’S THE RIGHT LINK

    http://space.newscientist.com/article/dn14200-galaxy-map-hints-at-fractal-universe.html?feedId=online-news_rss20

    Posted October 31, 2008 at 2:01 pm | Permalink