Synchronized hearts, constipated scorpions and “pro” gossip on the menu of the Nobel prizes of the improbable

Synchronized hearts, constipated scorpions and “pro” gossip on the menu of the Nobel prizes of the improbable

Synchronized hearts, constipated scorpions and “pro” gossip on the menu of the Nobel prizes of the improbable

The statuette of the lg Nobel prize, in October 2007.

With just over two weeks ahead of the Nobel laureates who, accompanied by the indispensable remorse for serious things, will mark the first days of October, their crazy but no less scientific preamble was held on Thursday 15 September: the Ig Nobel ceremony. . For the – almost – unforgivable who have not yet known this interplanetary event, of which this year was the 32ndAnd edition, remember that the Ig Nobel prizes (muddy pun with the adjective “ignoble”) reward the researchers of the so-called “improbable” science, the one who asks absurd questions on serious topics – and vice versa. To use the comprehensive definition that ultimately prevailed, these are studies and experiences that first make you laugh and then think.

So we laugh a lot at this ceremony, but not with the lives of the spectators. Pandemic obliges, for the third consecutive year the awards ceremony did not take place at the Sanders Theater of Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) where the audience of schoolchildren usually send paper airplanes onto the stage and where an 8-year-old girl, cheeky damn, tells the winners to shut up when their acceptance speech drags on. Sign of the viral and digital times, it was therefore online that the improbable was celebrated under the guidance of its lord, the American Marc Abrahams, and with the “presence” of real Nobel laureates who virtually transmitted the prizes to winners. .

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Tradition has it that several works concerning the human body are crowned and the year 2022 is no exception. Thus, in the “Cardiology” category, a study was identified that shows how, in blind meeting sessions, the mutual attraction of the participants was revealed by the synchronization of their heartbeat (and also by that of the electrical activity recorded on their heartbeat). skin ). Which shows that symbolizing love with a heart isn’t all that elegant.

An Ig Nobel Peace Prize

The Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine went to a team from the University of Warsaw who found that cryotherapy able to calm the inflammation of the mouth following aggressive chemotherapy achieved better results when the cold agent it consisted of … ice cream. Japanese researchers have won engineering awards after studying the best way to use your fingers to turn a knob …

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