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IgNobel Prize Winners!

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Well, the IgNobel Prizes wrapped up not too long ago. Scicurious was live blogging the event and there was also a live webcast.

And the winners are:

A group from Europe won the Physiology award for demonstrating that yawns are not contagious in Red-Footed tortoises.

A group from Japan won the award for Chemistry by demonstrating the ideal amount ofwasabi to put in the air in order to wake people up. The purpose? A wasabi fire-alarm!

A couple of studies demonstrating how people make decisions when they really, really have to pee won the award for Medicine.

A group from Oslo won the Psychology prize for studying why people sigh. 

The Literature prize was given to John Perry of Stanford University for his theory of “Structured Procrastination“.

The Biology prize was given to a couple guys hailing from Canada, Australia and the USA for discovering a type of beetle that mates with stubby beer bottles.

A bunch of loons (e.g. Harold Camping) won the Mathematics prize for predicting the world would end and being wrong.

The Peace prize was awarded to Arturas Zuokas, the mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania, for driving over an illegally parked luxury car with an armored tank.

The Public Safety prize was given to John Senders of the University of Toronto for conducting a driving safety study by having someone drive down the highway and have avisor repeatedly hit them in the face.

And finally, (and most importantly!) the Physics prize was given to a group from France and the Netherlands for studying why discus throwers get dizzy, but hammer throwers don’t. Very important with the 2012 Olympics coming up!

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Follow Me on Google+!

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I’m not sure on the grammatical rules associated with an exclamation point following a ‘plus’ sign, but that is a topic perhaps for The Oatmeal.

I’ve just joined Google+!!! I’m enjoying it so far, though I still have to explore a lot that it has to offer.

YOU should add me to one of your Circles, ’cause as you can see on my Google+ counter on the right hand side, I’m currently showing a big fat goose-egg :(

(Note: If you are still on the old website, you won’t see this counter. Just one of the few perks of updating your subscriptions to my new website!)

So check me out. I’ll be posting news stories and stuff that I find interesting. For the full experience, remember to follow me on Twitter as well!

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Time-Lapse Auroras and Flyovers

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Sometimes capturing things on video is the only way to truly express their beauty and magnificence.

And sometimes, its the only way to express the extent of their AWESOME!

This time-lapse video shows how circling the planet looks from the International Space Station:

The next one is a time-lapse of an aurora (my fav, as you all know) over Finland:

Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland 2011 from Flatlight Films on Vimeo.

The awesome is just…too much sometimes :)

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