The 31st Ig Nobel Prize ceremony took place at Harvard University & ndash; a parody of the Nobel Prize, which is awarded for comical scientific research. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony was held online, and scientists from 24 countries became its laureates.
The Shnobel Peace Prize went to American biologists Ethan Beseris, Stephen Neilway and David Carrier for researching the potential of mammalian hair as protection from blows: testing the hypothesis of the influence of fist fighting on the evolution of human facial hair.
Scientists have tested on special dummies the hypothesis that beards and mustaches in men were originally designed to protect skin and bones from blows in a fight. Experiments have shown that the hairline absorbs up to 37% of the impact energy.
Also among the winners of the Shnobel Prize were:
Biology : Susan Shetz (Sweden) & ndash; for “ analyzing the different types of purring, meowing, rumbling, squealing, moaning, hissing, and other communication that cats use to communicate with their owners. ''
Ecology : Leila Satari, Alba Güllen, Angela Videl-Verdu and Manuel Porkar (Spain, Iran), who collected chewing gum adhering to sidewalks and studied for three months how its chemical composition changes and what bacteria accumulate on its surface. < br /> Chemistry: an international team of researchers (ten people) who checked the composition of the air in cinemas and found that the concentration of certain substances in the hall changes in accordance with what is happening on the screen (scenes of violence, sex, antisocial behavior, drug use and profanity).
Economics : Professor of Montpellier Business School Pavel Blavatsky, who investigated whether obesity in politicians can serve as an indicator of the level of corruption. As it turned out, the ministers of the countries of the former USSR with the lowest corruption rates (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Georgia) have the lowest body mass index.
Medicine : Four scientists from Germany, Turkey and Britain who have proven that an orgasm can clear the nose as well as a cold drop.
Physics : A team of scientists from the Netherlands, Italy, Taiwan and the United States for work on how pedestrians avoid constant collisions with other pedestrians.
Kinetics: researchers in Switzerland, Italy, and Japan for experimenting with why pedestrians sometimes collide.
Entomology : Four Americans for their work New Submarine Cockroach Control … Scientists have experimentally tested a combination of chemicals against cockroaches and their larvae on eight submarines.
Transport : Thirteen scientists from Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Brazil, Britain and the United States for research, safe whether to carry the black rhinos upside down in the air.
Last year, the Ukrainian scientists Ivan Maksimov and Andrey Pototsky received the Shnobel Prize in Physics for their research on earthworms.
The Shnobel Prize was established by Mark Abrahams and the scientific and humorous journal AIR in 1991 for studies that “ first force you laugh, and then & ndash; think. ” Despite the fact that many of the works marked by the jury seem meaningless, many of them claim to be of scientific value.
Some of the ten nominations coincide with the Nobel ones, some of them change annually depending on the world agenda. The prize pool is ten trillion Zimbabwe dollars, which have already been withdrawn from circulation due to hyperinflation. The ceremony is traditionally attended by real Nobel laureates.
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