The 21st 1st (no typo) Annual IgNobel Prizes are tomorrow. What are the Igs, you ask?
The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology.
Awarded by Improbable Research, we will learn tomorrow whose real-life research is the weirdest, coolest, and funniest.
For example, last year’s physics prize went to
Lianne Parkin, Sheila Williams, and Patricia Priest of the University of Otago, New Zealand, for demonstrating that, on icy footpaths in wintertime, people slip and fall less often if they wear socks on the outside of their shoes.
Here’s the reference to prove it!
It is always entertaining and reminds us all why we love science!
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It seems that the Museum of Polish History conducted a poll to find out who was the greatest Polish woman in history.
The winner came out to be physicist Marie Sklodowska-Curie, known for her work in radioactivity.
She past away in 1934 due to complications from radiation poisoning, but she did get a physical constant named after her: the Curie (Ci) which is 3.7 x 1010 decays per second, which is about the radioactivity of 1 gram of Radium-226.