Not every scientific study is a breakthrough and the Ig Nobel Prize is the perfect platform for all endeavors.
It’s time to celebrate the Ig Nobel Prizes. Wondering what they are? The Ig Nobel Prizes are rewards for scientific endeavors which cannot be described as breakthrough but still should be celebrated.
Not every scientific study has to be quite serious like the fields of genetics or climate change. Often times simple observations and creations using science can also lead to some interesting discoveries.
The Ig Nobel prizes are awarded every year in the fall season by the editors of the Annals of Improbable Research. The awards encompass a total of 10 winners in a wide variety of categories.
The awards are given in fields such as physics, neuroscience and mathematics, although they may include entomology, safety engineering or even acoustics.
While not all the prizes are commendable the first prizes comes with a scholarship and at first may seem laughable but in reality is an excellent opportunity to hone scientific skills.
According to Marc Abrahams, the Ig Nobel Master of Ceremonies, the prizes are awarded for things which make people laugh but then also get them to think.
For instance the prize in the reproduction category went to the late Ahmed Shafik from Cairo University. Shafik found polyester-containing undergarments reduce sexual activity in males.
The economics prize went to a couple of researchers who showed rocks have different personality traits, according to Improbable Research.
Meanwhile the Physics prize was given to drawing which showed why dragonflies are drawn to black and shiny surfaces.
In the field of chemistry the folks at Volkswagen were awarded the tongue in cheek award for their impunity for passing off diesel cars as clean.
The medicine award went to a team which showed an itch in the right arm can be relieved by scratching the left arm.