wo hard-, soft- und wetware eine gar wundersame verbindung eingehen

Freitag, Oktober 06, 2006

Offbeat News

Die Ignobelpreise wurden neulich verliehen. Dank an unseren fleißigen Wissenschaftskorrespondenten Rüdiger für die entsprechende Mitteilung. Einen sehr lustigen Bericht dazu findet der geneigte Leser bei CNN.

Und hier die FACT BOX mit den Preisen im Einzelnen (sone FACT BOX kann ja sehr nützlich sein):

The 2006 Ig Nobel winners, awarded Thursday:

ORNITHOLOGY -- The late Philip R.A. May and Ivan R. Schwab, for exploring and explaining why woodpeckers don't get headaches.
NUTRITION -- Wasmia Al-Houty and Faten Al-Mussalam, for showing that dung beetles are finicky about dung.
PEACE -- Howard Stapleton, for inventing a teenager repellent, an electronic device that makes an annoying noise audible to teenagers but not adults.
ACOUSTICS -- D. Lynn Halpern, Randolph Blake and James Hillenbrand, for their experiments on why people dislike the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard.
MATHEMATICS -- Nic Svenson and Piers Barnes, for calculating the number of photographs you must take to ensure nobody in a group photo has their eyes closed.
LITERATURE -- Daniel Oppenheimer, for his report "Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with Using Long Words Needlessly."
MEDICINE -- Francis M. Fesmire, for his medical case report "Termination of Intractable Hiccups with Digital Rectal Massage"; and Majed Odeh, Harry Bassan and Arie Oliven for their subsequent medical case report.
PHYSICS -- Basile Audoly and Sebastien Neukirch, for their insights into why dry spaghetti often breaks into more than two pieces when bent.
CHEMISTRY -- Antonio Mulet, Jose Javier Benedito, Jose Bon and
Carmen Rossello, for their study "Ultrasonic Velocity in Cheddar Cheese as Affected by Temperature."
BIOLOGY -- Bart Knols and Ruurd de Jong, for showing that female malaria mosquitoes are attracted equally to the smell of Limburger cheese and to the smell of human feet.

-- The Associated Press


Blogger Rüdiger said...

Und die Sache mit den Spechten hab ich mich auch schon immer gefragt: Werden die nicht ganz blöd in der Birne? Ich meine, hau Du mal täglich Deinen Kopf gegen nen Baumstamm…



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