Link of the Week: Ignobel
At the last prize ceremony, Public Health Prize winner Dr. Elena Bodnar demonstrates her invention — a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander. She is assisted by actual, bona fideNobel laureates. From left to right: Wolfgang Ketterle (2001, Nobel Prize in Physics, for work on Bose-Einstein condensates), Orhan Pamuk (2006, Literature), and Paul Krugman (2008, Economics). Image courtesy Alexey Eliseev
Sure, we’ve all heard about the Nobel Prizes, awarded for research in physics, medicine, peace, and other areas of study.
But what about the Ignobels?
Awarded every year at about the same time as their more illustrious counterpart, the “Iggies” are given for “Research which makes people laugh and then think.”
Over the years, the Iggies have grown in acceptabiliy, if not respect