Physics, Chemistry and Biology 2006 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

The 2006 Ig Nobel Prize Winners. ‘The 2006 Ig Nobel Prize winners were awarded on Thursday night, October 5, at the 16th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre.’

Physics: Basile Audoly and Sebastien Neukirch of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, in Paris, for their insights into why, when you bend dry spaghetti, it often breaks into more than two pieces. Fragmentation of Rods by Cascading Cracks: Why Spaghetti Does Not Break in Half, Basile Audoly and Sebastien Neukirch, Physical Review Letters, vol. 95, no. 9, August 26, 2005, pp. 95505-1 to 95505-1. Video and other details at How bent spaghetti break.

Chemistry: Antonio Mulet, José Javier Benedito and José Bon of the University of Valencia, Spain, and Carmen Rosselló of the University of Illes Balears, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for their study Ultrasonic Velocity in Cheddar Cheese as Affected by Temperature, published on Journal of Food Science, vol. 64, no. 6, 1999, pp. 1038-41.

Biology: Bart Knols (of Wageningen Agricultural University, in Wageningen, the Netherlands; and of the National Institute for Medical Research, in Ifakara Centre, Tanzania, and of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in Vienna Austria) and Ruurd de Jong (of Wageningen Agricultural University and of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Italy) for showing that the female malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae is attracted equally to the smell of limburger cheese and to the smell of human feet.
On Human Odour, Malaria Mosquitoes and Limburger Cheese, Bart. G.J. Knols, The Lancet, vol. 348 , November 9, 1996, p. 1322. Behavioural and electrophysiological responses of the female malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae (Diptera: Culicidae) to Limburger cheese volatiles, Bulletin of Entomological Research, B.G.J. Knols, J.J.A. van Loon, A. Cork, R.D. Robinson, et al., vol. 87, 1997, pp. 151-159. Limburger Cheese as an Attractant for the Malaria Mosquito Anopheles gambiae s.s., B.G.J. Knols and R. De Jong, Parasitology Today, vol. 12, no. 4, 1996, pp. 159-61. Selection of Biting Sites on Man by Two Malaria Mosquito Species, R. De Jong and B.G.J. Knols, Experientia, vol. 51, 1995, pp. 80–84.

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