Ig Nobel Awards

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  1. GNC

    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    Sounds like the peace prize and psychology prize could also be given for services to the internet. I'd like to know more about the perception prize, does getting dizzy enter into the equation?
     
  2. David Plankton

    David Plankton Antediluvian

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    Anyone know the answer or where to find it? I've never heard of this happening.
     
  3. Tribble

    Tribble Furry Idiot

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    REFERENCE: "Ecological Traps for Dragonflies in a Cemetery: The Attraction of Sympetrum species (Odonata: Libellulidae) by Horizontally Polarizing Black Grave-Stones," Gábor Horváth, Péter Malik, György Kriska, Hansruedi Wildermuth, Freshwater Biology, vol. 52, vol. 9, September 2007, pp. 1700–9.

    You can view the paper (PDF) here.

    TL;DR - Dragonflies think the reflected/polarised light is water. Females lay eggs on gravestone, thinking it's water.
     
  4. David Plankton

    David Plankton Antediluvian

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    Ah, thanks. I thought they must be flying headlong into them like birds into windows. Female Southern Hawker dragonflies will attempt to lay eggs on suede shoes (if you're standing near a pond) in the mistaken belief that your feet are mossy rocks.
     
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  5. JamesWhitehead

    JamesWhitehead Piffle Prospector

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    The 2017 list has just been unveiled!

    Cats viewed as fluids!

    Inspired by online pictures of cats in various containers, a scientist has worked out

    "how to calculate a cat’s “Deborah number”, a special term used to describe fluidity, and speculated on how cats might behave if subjected to the “tilted jar experiment”.

    “If you take a timelapse of a glacier on several years you will unmistakably see it flow down the mountain,” he said. “For cats, the same principle holds. If you are observing a cat on a time larger than its relaxation time, it will be soft and adapt to its container, like a liquid would.” :cat:
     
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  6. GNC

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    Playing the didgeridoo stops snoring - I'll bet that was a relief to Rolf's cellmate.
     
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  7. JamesWhitehead

    JamesWhitehead Piffle Prospector

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    Their duets on the wobble-board are getting a standing-ovation on B-Wing! :hapdan:
     
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  8. Coal

    Coal Polymath Renaissance Man

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    "Can you see what is is yet?"

    *gets coat...*:mcoat:
     
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  9. cycleboy2

    cycleboy2 Abominable Snowman

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    Two little boys, perhaps...
     
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  10. GNC

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    I thought he was more into little girls...
     
  11. EnolaGaia

    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ... Staff Member

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    Swifty needs to take notice ... This year's Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine is awarded to a researcher who determined that certain roller coaster rides help people pass kidney stones ...

    FULL STORY: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45513012
     
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    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ... Staff Member

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    Here's a summary of the other 2018 Ig Nobel awards ...

    SOURCE: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45513012
     
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    cycleboy2 Abominable Snowman

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    The professor responsible was on Radio 4's today around 8am and is worth a listen - and his ideas seemed pretty sound, with real experiments to test a hypothesis. Even to the extent that bouncier, rocking rollercoasters are more effective than purely fast one. It did seem to me that, if true and repeatable on a larger scale, this really could have some genuine positive effects for non-surgical treatment of kidney stones – you just shake them out!
     
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    I suppose you could also pick someone up and swing them around by their ankles?
     
  16. escargot

    escargot Beloved of Ra

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    I heard that too. Sadly his research has reached a dead end as there's no way to test the method on live patients.

    His team did a computer simulation of the effect after a patient reported passing all his stones individually, each straight after a rollercoaster ride.

    I'd try that if I had kidney stones.
     
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    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Well, we should try that with Swifty. See if he minds.
     
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  18. Swifty

    Swifty Generation Y

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    Perhaps someone can build a Big Thunder Mountain simulator ? .. I wonder if a pogo stick would work as well?
     
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    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Try sitting on a washing machine during its spin cycle.
     
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    escargot Beloved of Ra

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    When Techy had something wrong with his ear he read about an exercise you can do that cures it. You bend your neck different ways or summat and the bubble or whatever's causing the trouble pops back into place

    He tried it and it worked. Soon afterwards I saw a GP do it on TV. The patient was amazed when it was effective right away. Looked dangerous to me! but hey, if it cures the problem!

    So maybe the kidney stones thing is like that.
     
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  21. Swifty

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    That'd probably just give me a stiffy. I wonder if hula hoops would work?
     
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    Unfortunately, statistics may show people lose more legs than kidney stones at Alton Towers.
     
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    Sounds like the Epley Maneuver for positional vertigo.
     
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    Spot on!
     

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