As every year, before the celebration of the prestigious Nobel Prizes, the Ig Nobel are awarded. It is, without a doubt, one of the awards craziest of science, described by the scientific humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research (Annals of Improbable Research) as a way to “make you laugh and then think.”
This year, due to the health situation, the Ig Nobel could not be held at its traditional headquarters at Harvard University. Instead, they were held online.
Some of the recognized investigations were: orgasm as nasal decongestant and what happens when rhinos are suspended in the air.
In the celebration of the gala, as usual, different royal nobel prizes. Curiously to deliver these antagonistic awards to those of the Swedish Academy. Among them were Frances Arnold (chemistry, 2018), Eric Maskin (economics, 2007) and Carl Weiman (physics, 2001).
All winners of the Ig Nobel 2021
Medicine. Can sex improve nasal function?: a German, Turkish and British research was awarded at the Ig Nobel because, according to its authors, sexual orgasms can be as effective as drugs for nasal decongestion.
Biology. A Comparative Acoustic Analysis of Purring in Four Cats: Swedish researchers analyzed variations in purr, song, chatter, trill, romp, murmur, meow, moan, and other modes of communication between cats and humans.
Ecology. The discarded gum bacteriome: the Ig Nobel recognized the work of a group of researchers led by the Spanish Doctor of Biology Manuel Porcar. It used genetic analysis to identify the different species of bacteria in discarded gum stuck on sidewalks in different countries.
Chemistry. The smell in the cinema as a tool to classify filmsResearchers from Germany, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Greece, Cyprus and Austria chemically analyzed the air inside movie theaters, to test whether it is possible to identify the genre of the film they are watching according to the odors produced.
Credit: Namibian Ministry of the Environment
Transport. Airborne rhinoceros upside down: Researchers led by Robin Radcliffe analyzed the effects of air travel on rhinos in order to identify whether it is safer to transport them upside down. In some areas, endangered rhinos are airlifted to ensure their reproduction.
Economy. The obesity of a country’s politicians is an indicator of corruption. French, Swiss, Austrian, Australian and Czech researchers also received their Ig Nobel. They investigated whether body mass is “highly related” to indicators of corruption.
Peace. Men developed beards to protect themselves from blows to the face: For Ethan Beseris and his team, the beard can serve, similar to the long hair of a lion’s mane, to “protect vital areas such as the throat and jaw from lethal attacks.”
Physical. Why do pedestrians collide with each other or not: An international team of Europeans, Americans and Taiwanese conducted experiments to learn why pedestrians don’t collide with other pedestrians over and over again.
Kinetics. Mutual anticipation can contribute to self-organization in human crowds: A team led by Hisashi Murakami reversed what was approached by the physical category and did studies to understand why pedestrians sometimes collide with other pedestrians.
Entomology. Cockroaches in submarines: Members of the University of Oxford studied new methods to disinsect submarines and thus kill cockroaches. This was the last of the projects recognized by the Ig Nobel.