Science's Best! Fake Nobel Prize Winners Announced

Now for something a bit on the light side of science and nature: The BBC has announced the winners of fake Nobel Prizes for scientific achievements which "cannot, or should not, be reproduced". Four genuine Nobel prize winners presented the much-coveted (!) awards in a ceremony at Harvard University. We will reproduce the list of winners for each category below, but know that among the winners are the inventor of artificial dog testicles and a study called: "Pressures Produced When Penguins Pooh - Calculations on Avian Defaecation" (yes, a study on penguin poo!). Another favorite of ours is: "A University of Minnesota team who set out to prove whether people can swim faster in water or sugar syrup". Clearly these experiments will lead to a better world!

Ig Nobel winners
Medicine - Gregg Miller from the US for his invention of Neuticles - rubber replacement testicles for neutered dogs that are available in varying sizes and degrees of firmness. "Considering my parents thought I was an idiot when I was a kid, this is a great honour," said Mr Miller.

Peace - A UK team for their pioneering research into the activity of locusts' brain cells while the insects watched clips from the Star Wars films.

Physics - John Maidstone from Australia for his part in an experiment that began in 1927 in which a glob of black tar drips through a funnel every nine years. Mr Maidstone shared the prize with a late colleague who died sometime after the second drop.

Biology - The University of Adelaide for "painstakingly smelling and cataloguing the peculiar odours produced by 131 different species of frogs when the frogs were feeling stressed".

Chemistry - A University of Minnesota team who set out to prove whether people can swim faster in water or sugar syrup.

Economics - A Massachusetts inventor who designed an alarm clock that runs away and hides when it goes off.

Nutrition - A Japanese researcher who photographed and analysed every meal he had consumed during a period of 34 years.

Literature - The many Nigerians who introduced millions of e-mail users to a "cast of rich characters... each of whom requires just a small amount of expense money so as to obtain access to the great wealth to which they are entitled".

Agricultural History - A study entitled The Significance of Mr Richard Buckley's Exploding Trousers: Reflections on an Aspect of Technological Change in New Zealand Dairy-Farming between the World Wars.

Fluid Dynamics - Pressures Produced When Penguins Pooh - Calculations on Avian Defaecation.

::Penguin poo wins Ig Nobel prize, ::Ig Nobel Web Page, ::The Guardian, ::New Scientist

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