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2018 Ig Nobel Prizes winners announced

The ceremony took place in Harvard’s Sanders Theater (USA)
15:26, 14 September 2018

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The 28th First Annual Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded in the Harvard’s Sanders Theater (USA), at night on September 14 (Kyiv time). This is a humorous scientific award that is awarded for research, "which initially cause laughter, and then make you think." The list of laureates is published on the official website of the prize.

This year the theme of the ceremony was the heart. Each winner was given a statuette in the form of a heart, a piece of paper, in which it is written that this scientist won the Ig Prize, 10 trillion Zimbabwean dollars, and a heart-warming handshake from Oliver Hart, a Nobel prize winner in economics. His surname is in harmony with the English word heart - "heart".

The Medicine Prize was won this time by the American doctors, who researched how to use the roller coaster rides to try to hasten the passage of kidney stones.

The Anthropology Prize. A group of scientists who proved that with collecting evidence, that shimpanzees in a zoo imitate humans about as often, and about as well, as humans imitate chimpanzees.

The Biology Prize was given to a large international group of scientists for demonstrating that wine experts can reliably identify, by smell, the presence of a single fly in a glass of wine.

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The Medical Education Prize was awarded to the Japanese Akira Goriuchi, who wrote and published a scientific work entitled medical report “Colonoscopy in the sitting position: Lessons learned from self-colonoscopy.”Note that colonoscopy is a procedure for studying the large intestine. Recently, it is done with anesthesia, so that patients did not have unpleasant sensations.

The Nutrition Prize. The scientists from Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Great Britain became the laureates. They studied the diet of people who lived in the Paleolithic period and calculated that the caloric intake from a human-cannibalism diet is significantly lower than the caloric intake from most other traditional meat diets.  

The Peace Prize was given to the Spanish and Colombian scientists who independently studied the behavior of people driving a car, having measured the frequency, motivation, and effects of shouting and cursing while driving an automobile.

The Reproductive Medicine Prize was shared by physicians who used postage stamps to study male impotence. With the help of stamps they established that men who suffer from psychogenic impotence, can have erection in the sleep, and patients with organic disorders, as a rule, do not. Moreover, this work was published back in 1980, and the method described in it was used by screenwriters of the series "Sex and the City" in one of the episodes of the third season.

The Economics Prize was awarded to the scientists who dealt with the problems of the relations of employees and bosses. They investigated whether it is effective for employees to use Voodoo dolls to retaliate against abusive bosses.

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