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Ig Nobel – Wednesday at U of Manchester

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

UPDATE: This has been moved to a larger venue: It will be held in the Simon Building.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 the Ig Nobel EuroTour arrives at the University of Manchester, UK—in the Simon Building, Brunswick St, on the corner with Oxford Road).

Marc Abrahams will do 2 events:

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After that, the Ig Nobel EuroTour will move on to Imperial College London (on Saturday afternoon, March 16), and then to Austria, The Czech Republic, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Germany, and Italy (again).

Banana skins and rabbit cartilage mucus – with an Ig Nobel connection

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai, were jointly awarded the 2014 Ig Nobel Physics Prize for measuring the amount of friction between a shoe and a banana skin, and between a banana skin and the floor, when a person steps on a banana skin that’s on the floor.

REFERENCE: “Frictional Coefficient under Banana Skin,”, Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai, Tribology Online 7, no. 3, 2012, pp. 147-151.

Subsequently, in 2016, the team gave a detailed account of how their research work into slipperiness developed, how it lead to the Ig Nobel Prize, and then on to studies of rabbit tibia cartilage mucous.

“After receiving the Ig Nobel Prize, I looked back on the initiation of my research on banana peels, and discussed the association between joint lubrication and the slipperiness of banana peels again. I recognized the fact that mucus plays the primary role in both of them.”

The team’s open-access paper can be read in full here : ‘Ig Nobel Prize-winning episode: Trip from a slip on a banana peel to the mysterious world of mucus’ in Biosurface and Biotribology, Volume 2, Issue 3, September 2016, Pages 81-85

[ Research research by Martin Gardiner ]

Ig Nobel today in St. Andrews, Scotland

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

The 2019 Ig Nobel EuroTour begins today:

March 9, Saturday, 1:00 pm—Science Discovery Day, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, in the Physics and Astronomy Building, the North Haugh

Today’s event features Marc Abrahams , with

  • Ig Nobel Prize winner Charles Paxton (Courtship  behaviour of ostriches towards humans under farming conditions in Britain)
  • Scottish premiere performance of the chorus-enhanced version of William Topaz McGonagall‘s disastrous poem “The Tay Bridge Disaster”

If you are in the neighborhood, please join us!

After today, the tour moves on to a prison visit, then to Manchester, then London, then to nine countries on the continent proper. (For details, see the tour schedule).

An animated look at the 2018 Ig Nobel Prize winners

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Eres Curioso takes an animated look at the 2018 Ig Nobel Prize winners:

A nice new, short video portrait of Dr. Nakamats

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Great Big Story made this documentary about Ig Nobel Prize winner Dr. Nakamats.

The producers introduce it by saying: “His best thinking happens during the third movement of Beethoven’s Fifth, in a gold-plated room and when he’s mere moments from death. He writes his name “NakaMats,” but that’s Dr. Nakamatsu to you. He’s dapper, 91 years young and holds over 3,500 patents.”

Dr. Nakamats, you will recall, was awarded the 2005 Ig Nobel Prize for nutrition, for photographing and retrospectively analyzing every meal he has consumed during a period of 34 years (and counting). He has continued the practice of photo-documenting his meals—the streak now extends to 49 years (and counting).

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