Since 1991, every year, scientists around the world have held a ceremony to honor the most “ridiculous” inventions and scientific research of the year, called the Ig Prize. Nobel .
Essentially, this award ceremony is identical to the Nobel, fully honoring achievements in the fields of science and research. The only difference is, Ig Nobel is for inventions, discoveries, discoveries, discoveries… whatever, but it has to be funny and bullshit enough to make people laugh.
So what is the winning study at the Ig Nobel 2021? It belongs to the trial… hanging upside down rhinoceros by a team of scientists from Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Brazil, UK, and USA. They hung it up with the aim of finding out whether it is safe to airlift the rhinos in such an upside down position.
Robin Radcliffe, a conservation expert at Cornell University, led the study. The team anesthetized 12 black rhinos in Namibia with drug darts, tied their four legs and hung them up. After hanging, they will monitor biological indicators to ensure their ability to breathe.
Pretty important finding
In general, the prize was given to the upside-down rhinos. It sounds ridiculous, but it’s actually pretty important research.
In fact, the transportation of rhinos in the world is mostly by land. But sometimes, shipping still has to proceed by air. And either way, the aim is to ensure biodiversity in the savannah grasslands of Africa.
With air, conservationists have to use helicopters, bringing the anesthetized rhinos over areas that are not reachable by road. The question, however, is whether to lay them on their side on a stretcher, or hang them upside down?
In fact, both methods have been used, but no one knows which is better for the rhinos. Radcliffe and colleagues therefore decided to conduct the study, and came to a final conclusion. Accordingly, they once assumed that this type of upside down transportation would harm the health of the rhino, but it turned out to be the opposite. Research results show that, The oxygen concentration in the blood of the rhinoceros was much higher when moved in that position.
The study was published in January 2021 in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases. Their experiment began in 2015, on 12 rhinos weighing between 800kg and 1.2 tons each.
In addition to the award for the upside-down rhinoceros experiment, some of this year’s award-winning studies include identifying bacteria in sugar-sprayed chewing gum, or discovering a way to clear nasal congestion in humans. who is equal… to the top when having sex.