The effect of constipation on the sex of the scorpion attracts Biology Ig Nobel

Jhe winners of the 32nd edition of the Ig Nobel Prizes were announced last night (September 15) via a pre-recorded message webcast. The awards, given by the Annals of improbable research, honoring hilarious scientific achievements. But the awards aren’t just for laughs: By making us laugh, the Nobel Igs “call attention to the relevance that even seemingly bizarre research can have”, according to a 2020 report. blog post by Annals co-founder and publisher Marc Abrahams.

University of West Chester biologist Frank Fish, who shared this year’s Ig Nobel in Physics for his work on swimming ducklings, recounts the Associated press“Science is fun. My kind of slogan is you don’t do science if you don’t have fun.

Ig Nobel laureates received a PDF file that allows them to print and build a paper container to store “all their knowledge”, according to the prize giving videoas well as a $10 trillion Zimbabwean note, which is nearly worthless.

The ceremony ended with Abrahams’ message to viewers, “If you didn’t win an Ig Nobel Prize tonight, and especially if you did, better luck next year.”

The prizes awarded were:

After self-amputation, a scorpion’s digestive tract closes, causing the animal to accumulate (white) excrement until it dies of constipation.

Applied Cardiology: Researchers from Leiden University in the Netherlands found that the heartbeats of potential romantic partners synchronize when they first meet, but only if they feel attracted to each other.

Literature: Legal documents are hard to understand because of poor writing, not legalese, linguists from MIT and the University of Edinburgh determined.

Biology: According to a study by a duo of researchers from the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil. Still, the animals can probably move fast enough to tag a mate before they die of constipation.

Medicine: Consume ice cream reduced mouth swelling and irritation during infusions of the chemotherapy drug melphalan in a retrospective trial conducted by researchers at the Medical University of Warsaw in Poland.

Engineering: Larger door handles require more fingers to turn, according to a study scientists from the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan.

The history of art: Enema scenes in ancient Maya pottery suggest ritual poisoning through the rectum, Argue a pair of researchers from the Royal Dutch Society for the Advancement of Pharmacy and the Foundation for Latin American Anthropological Research.

Ducklings swimming behind their mother

Ducklings “surf” in their mother’s wake, according to Ig Nobel Prize-winning research.

Physics: Formations of ducklings conserve energy by riding in the wake of their mothers, independent study finds pair of studies which included researchers from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology in China and the University of Strathclyde in the UK.

Peace: An algorithm capable of determining when lying serves gossip has been developed by an international research team.

Economy: Success is above all a matter of luck rather than talent, according to a model mathematicians from the University of Catania.

Security Engineering: This year’s prize was awarded for the development of a crash test moose dummy made up of readily available parts, which was designed to a master’s thesis at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden with the aim of helping safety scientists and car manufacturers and designers.

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