The Ig Nobel Awards would be the highlight of the Boston sci/med social season – if there were such a thing. For 20 years, the editors of the Annals of Improbable Research — live on stage, and now via webcast— have honored scientists whose work makes people laugh, then makes them think. This year’s ceremony gets underway Thursday, Sept 30 at Sanders Theater.
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For a sense of the Ig-style, here are a few 2009 winners:
MEDICINE PRIZE: Donald L. Unger, of Thousand Oaks, California, USA, for investigating a possible cause of arthritis of the fingers, by diligently cracking the knuckles of his left hand — but never cracking the knuckles of his right hand — every day for more than sixty (60) years.
PHYSICS PRIZE: Katherine K. Whitcome of the University of Cincinnati, USA, Daniel E. Lieberman of Harvard University, USA, and Liza J. Shapiro of the University of Texas, USA, for analytically determining why pregnant women don’t tip over.
BIOLOGY PRIZE: Fumiaki Taguchi, Song Guofu, and Zhang Guanglei of Kitasato University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Sagamihara, Japan, for demonstrating that kitchen refuse can be reduced more than 90% in mass by using bacteria extracted from the feces of giant pandas.