Ig Nobel Prize-winning research shows that transporting rhinos upside down is better for them – Photo: Green Renaissance
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Ig Nobel Prize ceremony took place online on September 9 instead of at Harvard University, USA as in previous years. A total of 10 prizes were awarded to scientists, economists and mathematicians from 24 countries.
To avoid confusion with the official Nobel Prize scheduled for next month, the Ig Nobel Prize honors the weird side of science, awarding research that makes people laugh first and think later.
“When I found out I won, I was a little nervous. I thought I wanted this award” – newspaper Guardian quoted professor of biology David Carrier of the University of Utah, USA, said.
In the end, he decided to accept the Ig Nobel Peace Prize for his research on how men’s beards function to protect their faces when fighting.
His team found that those with more beards had less power to hit the face and that it was harder for opponents to hit their jaws than those with smooth facial hair. Previously, scientist Charles Darwin suggested that men evolved beards to attract partners.
Meanwhile, the Ig Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to researcher Pavlo Blavatskyy of the Montpellier Business School for finding evidence that politicians’ obesity levels are linked to corruption in his country. surname.
“Our results suggest that physical characteristics of politicians such as body mass index can be used as a proxy for political corruption,” Blavatskyy wrote.
Some other prizes such as transport are given to the team that discovers that it is better to transport rhinos by hanging upside down than by strangling them. The ecology prize is given to research on bacteria that live in chewing gum on sidewalks.
In addition, expert Cem Bulut in Germany and colleagues won the Ig Nobel Prize in medicine for research that found sex to help clear the nose effectively.
“I think it’s a combination of excitement, physical activity and hormonal changes during orgasm,” Mr. Bulut said.
Meanwhile, the chemistry prize went to the group that studied how the audience’s body odor changes when watching violent, dramatic or humorous scenes.
This year’s award ceremony by the magazine Annals of Improbable Research and ended with the promise “If you don’t win the Ig Nobel this year, good luck next year”.