Ig Nobel Prizes: First laugh, then think
The 2020 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on September 17 in the 30th Prize Ceremony that has become an institution of humour found in scientific research that "first makes people laugh, then think".
Is it best to be hit in the head with an empty or a full beer bottle? Can you make diamonds from liquid - especially from tequila? Can people swim faster in water or in syrup? And why is it that you spill coffee when you walk with a cup? These are just a few examples of research efforts recorded in the Annals of Improbable Research.
This podcast (in English) was recorded during the 7th Science Salon, and takes you on a wonderfully fun and thoughtful journey into the world of science. Marc Abrahams, the man behind the Ig Nobel Prizes was joined by science journalist, Line Friis Frederiksen, as the evening's host on November 13, 2019 in Copenhagen.
Science Stories is supported by the Novo Nordisk Fondation.
Links to the videos mentioned in the podcast are:
- [00:13:47] Ig Nobel Prize for Safety Engineering in 1998.
- [00:25:17] Humans Running in Place on Water at Simulated Reduced Gravity.
- [00:37:27] The award winning Emergency Bra.
- [00:49:09] “The Dunning-Kruger Song” from The Incompetence Opera.
Watch the video of the salon:
Don't miss the 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony here!