Friday 19 September 2014

Ig® Nobel Winners

The winner of this year's Ig® Nobel Prize for Physics is a Japanese team that measured the amount of friction between a shoe and a banana skin and between a banana skin and the floor when it's stepped on. BBC News got so excited about this study that it posted a cartoon of said slippage (CLICK). The graphic I've posted derives from the winning Neuroscience team of Kang Lee et al from the University of Toronto, Canada, for trying to understand what happens in the brains of people who see the face of Jesus in a piece of toast. My biggest grin came from Raquel Rubio et al of IRTA, Spain, who won the Nutrition category with this study: "Characterization of Lactic Acid Bacteria Isolated from Infant Faeces as Potential Probiotic Starter Cultures for Fermented Sausages". Remind me not to nibble fermented sausages! See what tickles your fancy in Improbable Research (CLICK).


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