Happy Hour no°336 27th Sept 2016 – The Ig Nobels

Tonight, I’m pleased to be discussing the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony.
The scientific research awards that go to projects which first make you laugh, then think!
I have gone back through the HH files, and found some interviews recorded by my correspondent at the time – Scott- who went to the award ceremony in Boston in 2010.
The Ig Nobels was created 26 years ago by Marc Abrahams, based on the findings published in the American science humour magazine, the Annals of Improbable Research
you can find out more by going to www.improbable.com
To give you an idea of the subjects covered :
2016 PEACE PRIZE [CANADA, USA] — won by Gordon Pennycook, James Allan Cheyne, Nathaniel Barr, Derek Koehler, and Jonathan Fugelsang for their scholarly study called “On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit”.

In 2010, the PEACE PRIZE was won by Richard Stevens – who decided to test if swearing when you hurt yourself diminished the pain in anyway.

PHYSICS PRIZE [HUNGARY, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND] — Gábor Horváth, Miklós Blahó, György Kriska, Ramón Hegedüs, Balázs Gerics, Róbert Farkas, Susanne Åkesson, Péter Malik, and Hansruedi Wildermuth, for discovering why white-haired horses are the most horsefly-proof horses, and for discovering why dragonflies are fatally attracted to black tombstones.

Back in 2010, my correspondent Scott met with Leanne Parkin from New Zealand who, with her colleagues, won the PHYSICS PRIZE which found a simple but efficient way to prevent slipping over on icy streets! Just wear socks on the outside of your shoes!!!

BIOLOGY PRIZE [UK] — Awarded jointly to: Charles Foster, for living in the wild as, at different times, a badger, an otter, a deer, a fox, and a bird; and to Thomas Thwaites, for creating prosthetic extensions of his limbs that allowed him to move in the manner of, and spend time roaming hills in the company of, goats.

Speaking of animals, in 2010, several researchers were awarded a prize not for biology, but for ENGINEERING;
Here Scott managed to speak to the ladies behind ENGINEERING PRIZE: Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse and Agnes Rocha-Gosselin of the Zoological Society of London, UK, and Diane Gendron of Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Baja California Sur, Mexico, for perfecting a method to collect whale snot, using a remote-control helicopter.

Ce soir, le thème c’est les Prix des Ignobels – des recompense pour travaux scientifiques sérieux mais autour d’un sujet drôle…dans sa 26eme année, qui aboutit dans une cérémonie à l’University de Harvard, Boston. Je vous passe ce soir quelques extraits d’interviews enregistrées lors de la cérémonie en 2010, par mon correspondent de l’époque, Scott. En anglais, bien sur!! Et je parlerai des prix de cette année.

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