THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: An egg cracks, gets fixed with a super glue and voila, it hatches. Sounds like the script of a super glue commercial? Well, it happened for real, at Thiruvananthapuram zoo….
The incident reminds one of the work which won Ig Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year. Colin Raston, a Chemistry professor at Colins University, was ‘honoured’ with the prize for partially unboiling an egg. While it sounds like a quirky research topic and Ig Nobel prizes are supposed to laud achievements which “make people laugh and then think”, it is reckoned that the study will be useful in pharmacy. Similarly, a cracked egg saved with an adhesive could set a precedent.
Ig Nobel Prize interview Laugh and Think [2nd]. If you turn off the onion really reason for tears – discovered from where there is no doubt: House Foods Group Inc. Mr. Imai
Ig Nobel Prize, which is given to the “performance for his thought-provoking laugh people” (Awards makes people Laugh and then Think). This time, was published in the British scientific journal Nature in 2002 “onion tear factor producing enzyme (Lachrymatory Factor Synthase: LFS) discovered” in achievements, in 2013 the award has been House Foods Group Inc. Central Research the Prize in Chemistry. I’ve interviewed talk to Imai Shinsuke Mr. Tokoro fundamental technology development department research Senior Doctorate (Agriculture).
– If you turn off the onion because tears Dell, you seem like a fact Needless to say?
Imai Shinsuke Mr. (or less, Mr. Imai): winning reason “biochemical process that onion cry the people, that it is more complex than scientists had thought, that it revealed” was. As you mention, anyone If you turn off the onion tears coming out it is that knows, the compounds of the factors that shed tears (tear factor) is also in the 1970s had been identified.
But, in fact, the presence of the essential enzyme in the production of this tear factor had been missed . We will notice the presence of this enzyme, tear factor synthase (Lachrymatory Factor Synthase: LFS below, LFS) was named.
LFS is one of the proteins contained a lot to extract of onion. Itself that the Purification of the LFS to confirm the properties, was not difficult. The reason for this study has been noted, to whom one mechanism of generation of tear factor that was not suspicious, why to question, whether I noticed the presence of the LFS? It is a place called. However, even I myself, and mean was going to find the LFS from the beginning, did not….
Outside the academy, the paper failed to generate any interest until 2008, when its authors were awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for Nutrition. The Ig Nobels are intended to “honor achievements that make people laugh, and then think,” but media coverage of Spence’s win focussed mostly on the former, with headlines that ranged from “BOFFIN GIVES EATERS SOUND ADVICE” to “WHY RESEARCH THAT?!” At first glance, the “sonic chip” experiment, as Spence fondly refers to it, does seem trivial. In reality, it was an elegant psychological trick, offering insight into the way the brain combines two separate sensory inputs—the crunching sound and the tactile oral sensation of a potato chip—into one multisensory perception. Spence lists the honor at the top of his curriculum vitae….
Other researchers have joined him in exploring this new territory, but “Charles is a pioneer,” Francis McGlone, a neuroscientist at Liverpool John Moores University, told me. “His contribution to the field of cognitive psychology is seminal.” Breslin said, “He’s pushing the frontier in all kinds of ways that I wouldn’t have predicted.” In 1997, at the age of twenty-eight, Spence was invited to set up his own research lab at Oxford, and his Ig Nobel is just one in a long list of accolades, including a 2003 award from the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to cognitive psychology in Europe.” …
“These things might seem trivial or esoteric,” Spence said. “But they do exist, and most of us share them, so they must be pretty fundamental.” Scientists—Spence included—do not yet fully understand exactly why these sensory interactions occur, or even where in the brain most take place. In a review paper published earlier this year, Spence listed the most common explanations that have been offered….
One reason that the senses have almost always been studied in isolation is that it is remarkably difficult to disentangle them sufficiently to observe the effect that one might be having on another. Spence has managed to study them together by, as McGlone put it, “slipping in through the perceptual windows” created by sensory illusions….