Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Dr. Mick Vagg.
The Ig Nobel Prizes honour achievements that first make us laugh, then make us think. We take a look at this year’s winners: from cats in jars to disgusting cheese!
You can watch the award ceremony here.
[00:01:30] The Physics Prize was awarded to French scientist Marc-Antoine Fardin, “for using fluid dynamics to probe the question ‘Can a Cat Be Both a Solid and a Liquid?’”
[00:06:20] The Peace Prize went to four doctors and one patient from Switzerland, Canada, The Netherlands and the USA “for demonstrating that regular playing of a didgeridoo is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea and snoring“.
[00:10:19] The Economics Prize was presented to Australian Nancy Greer and American Matthew Rockloff “for their experiments to see how contact with a live crocodile affects a person’s willingness to gamble“.
[00:20:59] The Biology Prize went to two scientists from Japan, one from Brazil, and one from Switzerland “for their discovery of a female penis, and a male vagina, in a cave insect“.
[00:25:27] The Fluid Dynamics Prize was awarded to South Korean Jiwon Han, “for studying the dynamics of liquid-sloshing, to learn what happens when a person walks backwards while carrying a cup of coffee“.
[00:29:53] The Nutrition Prize was presented to three scientists from Brazil, Canada, and Spain “for the first scientific report of human blood in the diet of the hairy-legged vampire bat“.
[00:34:46] The Medicine Prize went to five scientists from France and the UK “for using advanced brain-scanning technology to measure the extent to which some people are disgusted by cheese“.
[00:40:40] The Cognition Prize was awarded to four psychologists from Italy, Spain, and the UK “for demonstrating that many identical twins cannot tell themselves apart visually“.
[00:45:00] The Obstetrics Prize went to a team from Spain “for showing that a developing human fetus responds more strongly to music that is played electromechanically inside the mother’s vagina than to music that is played electromechanically on the mother’s belly“.