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Annalnaya glory. The prize for most useless opening catches scientists

April 8 2005
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As if this sounds lofty, but the destiny of science - to serve humanity. Set of researchers over the years working on finding cures for dangerous diseases, on breeding new varieties of plants, to create robots and mechanisms to facilitate the work of people. Let not all the research and development crowned with success. A negative result - this is also the result. But it happens that these studies turn to science for science in the work, which did not bear fruit - and then the discoveries made by scientists, are pointless and even ridiculous.

Prize Ig Nobel Prize (born ignoble - a low, disreputable, ignoble), we have more known as the "Ig Nobel Prize" (which is "shnobel" to explain, I think we should not) be served on it in such a pseudo-scientist, author of the most impractical scientific research for the achievements and research that does not make sense to repeat it. For the world of science is a very important definition. After all, openly acknowledged the discovery, if it can reproduce not only pioneers, but other researchers. More precisely, if being reproduced invention will be useful.

Presenting "shnobelevki" an official nomination ceremony the most "innovative" scientific discoveries. The idea of this award belongs to the American mathematician Marc Abrahams, editor of the humorous scientific journal "Annals of improbable research» (Annals of Improbable Research). Nominations readers, and 10 winners from more than 5,000 applicants selects a jury of scientists. Each year the prize is awarded in ten different categories - from science to literature and peace prizes. Despite the improbability and absurdity of the discoveries made by winners, all the nominees - real scientists and their work published in scientific journals on relevant topics.

No one knows which of the events - rewarding the best or the awards worst of the worst - attract more attention and arouse interest in the press and public. Sometimes it creates more noise "antipremii. For the fourth year ceremony popular "shnobelevki" - a kind of "Golden Raspberry" in science - the U.S. broadcast on television and radio in various languages. There is something to see and hear that: rewarding the winners is consistent with the achievements for which they are rewarded.

Prizes - medallions of foil - unlucky investigators portrayed the real Nobel laureates, wearing a false nose and dressed in the sham spectacles, fez and similar attributes. Speakers for each nominee allotted 60 seconds. Those who babbles longer stops Miss Sweetie Poo - a little girl who cries out: "Please stop, I'm bored!"

Someone takes Ig with laughter and gratitude, and the other, deeply humiliated, ignored an invitation to the ceremony and refused to comment on the award. Well, as a satirist, wrote Daniel Rudy, "if a person is deprived of a sense of humor, so it was for that."

Prestigious award twice getting any of Russia. In 1991, the laureate in literature was Yuri Struchkov, a specialist in crystallography, a member of the Academy of Sciences, as "a tireless author of scientific papers published 948 papers from 1981 to 1990, an average of one article in 3,9 days."

In 2002, Gazprom antiNobelya divided on economy, together with the companies Enron, Xerox, WorldCom and others for "adapting the mathematical concept of imaginary numbers for use in the business world."

For antidostizheniya 2004 Prize awarded to 14 people, one state, a single organization, as well as the company Coca-Cola - for turning tap water into a substance, is undrinkable.

p align = "justify"> Read more about the winners of Ig Nobel for 2004, and those studies for which they were awarded to:

Award in the category "Physics"

Balasubramanian Ramesh (Ramesh Balasubramaniam) and Michael Tharwa (Michael Turvey) were awarded the prize for that by studying the dynamics of hula-hoop rotation, they found: the hoop can rotate the movements of hips, knees and ankles.

Prize for Peace

Inventing karaoke, Inoue Dayske (Daisuke Inoue) has opened a new way to teach people to be tolerant to each other, the organizing committee decided Ig Nobel.

Award in the category "Chemistry"

Awards won in the company Coca-Cola, which withdrew from the production of mineral water «Dasani», when it became clear that this is normal tap water with additives carcinogens - bromate in an amount much greater than the established norms.

Award in the category "Economy"

Winner was neither more nor less, and the whole country (albeit small). The award was presented to the Vatican for an original way of earning - the resale of religious services. Addressed to the Holy See comes a lot of letters from Americans, Canadians and Europeans with requests to pray for the repose of (or for the health) of those or other relatives. Requests so much that they do all the Vatican is simply unable to. And then some of them sent ... Indian priests who for a modest fee Vatican colleagues to perform what is required. For the poor Indian priests money from Rome - manna from heaven.

Award in the category "Medicine"

Steven Stack (Steven Stack) and James Gandlah (James Gundlach) investigated a serious problem: the causes that lead people to the decision to commit suicide. Scientists have found that the suicidal intent may play country music, and thoroughly examined this seemingly paradoxical relationship.

Award in the category "Applied Science"

It is unknown how many months of hard work it took Donald Smith (Donald Smith) and his father, Frank, to invent the patented their hair for people with balding on the crown: long strands from the back comb on his forehead, covering his bald head. A patent has not brought Smitham penny royalty, but made them the winners of "Ig Nobel Prize".

Award in the category "Psychology"

Daniel Simons (Daniel Simons) and Christopher Chabris (Christopher Chabris) proved: when a man passionate about something, it is easy to overlook even the most eye-catching things. For example, the volunteers showed a video in which people threw the ball to each other. Subjects had to count the number of throws. Then the "experimental" were asked if they have not noticed anything unusual. They answered - nothing. Meanwhile, just before their noses held a man in a gorilla suit.

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