Archive for 'Ig Nobel'

Dance of the Dung Beetles: A book for all humans to savor

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Ig Nobel Prize winner Marcus Byrne has a new book called Dance of the Dung Beetles. It can please and enlighten anyone—human or beetle or both (Beatle)—who ever has contact with with dance, dung, life, or the universe.

The 2013 Ig Nobel Prize for biology and astronomy (a rare double-category win!) was awarded to Marie Dacke, Emily Baird, Marcus Byrne, Clarke Scholtz, and Eric J. Warrant, for discovering that when dung beetles get lost, they can navigate their way home by looking at the Milky Way.

The new book is co-authored by Marcus Byrne and Helen Lunn, published by WITS University Press, EAN 978-1-77614-234-7.

Talking About Dung

Professor Byrne, at the University of the Witwatersrand, made the book title famous before there was a book, in his TED Talk called “Dance of the Dung Beetles“. His colleague and Ig Nobel co-winner Marie Dacke, at Lund University, made a different title famous, in a TED talk she did called “A Crap Talk About Orientation.”

Ig Nobel Chemistry Prize Winner in the News Again

Monday, April 15th, 2019

BBC News reports:

The former chief executive of the carmaker Volkswagen has been charged in Germany over his involvement in the company’s diesel emissions scandal.

The public prosecutor in Braunschweig charged Martin Winterkorn and four other managers with fraud.

VW said it would not comment on the indictments.

The 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for chemistry was awarded to Volkswagen, for solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions by automatically, electromechanically producing fewer emissions whenever the cars are being tested.

[For background info, see: “EPA, California Notify Volkswagen of Clean Air Act Violations“, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency news release, September 18, 2015.]


FRIDAY night: Ig Nobel at the Tempodrom in BERLIN

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Friday night, the Ig Nobel EuroTour arrives in Berlin.

Tour Subsequent Event

After that, the Ig Nobel EuroTour will move on to Perugia, Italy, for the final event if the tour.

THURSDAY afternoon: Ig Nobel in Oslo

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Thursday afternoon, the Ig Nobel EuroTour arrives at the University of Oslo.

Tour Subsequent Events

After that, the Ig Nobel EuroTour will move on to Berlin, Germany, and then finish up in Perugia, Italy.

Ig Nobel—Tuesday afternoon at the Karolinska Institute

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Tuesday afternoon, the Ig Nobel EuroTour arrives in Stockholm, Sweden—featuring cookies, cannibalism, a-fly-in-wine, and all sorts of other prize-winning things that make people LAUGH, then THINK.

April 9, Tuesday, 3:00 pm—Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, in the Biomedicum lecture hall—FREE ADMISSION, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC—[PREVIEW]Marc Abrahams and

Tour Subsequent Events

After that, the Ig Nobel EuroTour will move on to Sweden (on Wednesday afternoon), then on to Norway, Germany, and Italy (again).

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