The (Ig) Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize is perhaps the most prestigious, sought-after, and impressive award a person can receive.  Many of the greatest thinkers and most influential geniuses of the modern world have been its recipients.  The Ig Nobel Prize, on the other hand, is much less well-known, and much more colorful.  The award –ten of which are […]

Research Shows Eyes Really Are The Window To The Soul

It seems like the old saying ‘your eyes are the window to your soul’ might amazingly have some scientific backing, a study at Orebro University in Sweden suggests. Researchers at the university claim to have identified patterns in the eye which indicate whether the person is trustworthy and warm-hearted or impulsive and neurotic. To do […]

Ig Nobel Prizes 2010: Oil and Water Mixing, Preventing Winter Falls, Fellatio in Fruit Bats, Rollercoaster Asthma, Whale Snot and Swearing as a Response to Pain, Among Others, Awarded

Chemistry: Eric Adams of MIT, Scott Socolofsky of Texas A&M University, Stephen Masutani of the University of Hawaii, and BP [British Petroleum], for disproving the old belief that oil and water don’t mix. Review of Deep Oil Spill Modeling Activity Supported by the Deep Spill JIP and Offshore Operator’s Committee, Final Report, Eric Adams and […]

The 2008 Ig Nobel Prize Winners List

Complete list of 2008 Ig Nobel Prize winners: NUTRITION PRIZE Massimiliano Zampini of the University of Trento, Italy and Charles Spence of Oxford University, UK, for electronically modifying the sound of a potato chip to make the person chewing the chip believe it to be crisper and fresher than it really is. Reference: “The Role […]

More Testosterone Poisoning: ‘Humour Comes From Testosterone’

Humour ‘comes from testosterone’. ‘Men are naturally more comedic than women because of the male hormone testosterone, an expert claims. Men make more gags than women and their jokes tend to be more aggressive, Professor Sam Shuster, of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, says. The unicycling doctor observed how the genders reacted to his “amusing” […]