The recipe to un-boil an egg
It's one of the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize winners. Find out all the others!
The Ig Nobel Prize is a parody of the Nobel Prize; it is given out each year for ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research. It's the scientific equivalent of the Razzies, given out to real science projects "that make you laugh, and then make you think."
The very concept of the Ig Nobel Prize is in fact to honor the achievements that amuse the wits, and the imaginative and unusual solutions.
"The Ig Nobel awards are arguably the highlight of the scientific calendar." - Nature.
This year, the 25th annual Ig Nobel awards were presented at Harvard University on September 17. Here are the "winners":
- Chemistry prize, for inventing a chemical recipe to partially un-boil an egg.
- Biology prize, for noting that chickens walk like dinosaurs probably did, when you attach weighted sticks to their tails.
- Physics prize, for testing the biological principle that nearly all mammals empty their bladders in about 21 seconds (+/- 13 seconds).
- Literature prize, for discovering that the word "huh?" (or its equivalent) seems to exist in every human language.
- Economics prize (to the Bangkok metropolitan police) for offering to pay policemen extra cash if the policemen refuse to take bribes.
- Mathematics prize, for trying to use mathematical techniques to determine whether and how Moulay Ismael, the Sharifian Emperor of Morocco, managed, during the years from 1697 through 1727, to father 888 children.
- Medicine prize, for experiments to study the biomedical benefits or biomedical consequences of intense kissing.
- Diagnostic Medicine prize, for determining that acute appendicitis can be accurately diagnosed by the amount of pain evident when the patient is driven over speed bumps.
- Management prize, for discovering that early experience with natural disasters can cause a lifelong fondness for risk-taking.
- Physiology and Entomology prize, for creating the Schmidt Sting Pain index, and discovering the area of the human body where bee stings are most painful.