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Ig Nobel Prizes for studies on beer foam and navel

While the international research community is looking forward to the announcement of the Nobel Prize in the coming week, some members have already received awards. The so-called Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on Thursday evening in the Sanders Theater of Harvard University in Boston. These are awards for "research that cannot be repeated or, better yet, should not be repeated". The winners examined the accumulation of lint in the navel or calculated the rate at which the beer foam disintegrates. For the twelfth time, the jurors of the US magazine "Annals of Improbable Research" discovered this and other examples of true research enthusiasts in reputable specialist magazines.

As with the "real" Nobel Prizes, one of the highlights of the award ceremony was the award of the Peace Prize. This year the jurors turned their eyes to the area of ​​conflict between humans and animals. The prize for "promoting understanding between species" went to Japanese researchers who developed the "Bow-Lingual" computer program. It simultaneously translates the barking of the dogs into simple language. The mathematics award for two Indians who tried to determine the exact surface of native elephants also showed that research is influenced by the animal environment. And in the subject of biology, an award was given to a British research group that examined the courtship behavior of ostriches vis-à-vis their keepers on ostrich farms.

The medical award that year went to Chris McManus of University College London for his study on the asymmetry of testicles in men, published in Nature in 1976. Karl Kruszelnicki from the University of Sydney, on the other hand, started a little higher. His work, which was distinguished for interdisciplinary research, shed light on an ancient human problem: why, how and where does lint collect in the navel?

Excellent practical relevance: The chemistry prize was awarded for the construction of a period table of the elements, on which beer and crackers can also be placed. And the German physicist Arnd Leike from the University of Munich received the Physics Ig Nobel Prize: for his demonstration of exponential decay using the example of beer foam, which was recently published in the "European Journal of Physics".