IT’S NOBEL PRIZE WEEK – with the world’s scientific communities coming together to honour those who have made landmark contributions to their respective noble fields.
Alongside those prizes, however, come a much more fun category – the Ig Nobel Prizes – which honour those who contribute to the sciences in ways that make us laugh, as well as ways that make us think.
Here’s a selection of the ten winners from this year’s prizes – and the reasons for their widely-hailed success. Among them: the perfect consistency of wasabi in order to use it as an ‘alarm’, and how needing to pee changes the way you think.
Public Safety Prize
More details on the Ig Nobel winners, and links to their published research, can be found at the Ig Nobel website.