Ig Nobel Prize for roller coaster and whale snot research

1st October 2010, Comments 0 comments


Dutch scientists Simon Rietveld from the University of Amsterdam and Ilja van Beest from the University of Brabant have won the Ig Nobel Medicine Prize.

The scientists received the award for discovering that asthma symptoms abate with a roller coaster ride. The Ig Nobel Prizes honour achievements "that first make people laugh, and then make them think". This year it was the 20th time the prizes were handed out at a lighthearted ceremony at the Harvard University in Cambridge US.

Whale snot The engineering Ig Nobel Prize went to three scientists who invented a remote-controlled helicopter that catches whale snot. Other awards went to research that shows people with beards in microbiology laboratories run a high risk of getting bacteria in their beard and to research into fellatio in bats.

The Ig Nobel Peace Prize went to two British researchers who proved scientifically that swearing helps alleviate acute pain. Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and other banks received an award for their "alternative" investment models.  

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