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2010 Ig Nobel Winners Announced 111

Posted by kdawson
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Velcroman1 writes "Having trouble breathing? Try riding a roller-coaster. Really. A pair of Dutch researchers who discovered that the symptoms of asthma can be treated with a roller-coaster ride are among this year's winners of the Ig Nobel awards, the infamous annual tribute to scientific research that seems wacky — but also has real world applications. FoxNews.com has interviews with several award winners, who are all ecstatic to win, despite the fact that they're all gently being poked fun at."
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2010 Ig Nobel Winners Announced

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  • Woah missread (Score:2, Informative)

    by furgle (1825812) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @10:06PM (#33755190)
    I thought it was lg as in LG nobel Winners Announced Can you tell the difference : lg Ig
  • Socks (Score:5, Informative)

    by shermo (1284310) on Thursday September 30, 2010 @10:41PM (#33755362)

    "In research that could boost the sales of socks in New England, a study out of the University of Otago in New Zealand found that wearing socks over shoes results in far fewer slips and falls on icy footpaths. It won the physics prize."

    This is common knowledge here amongst yachties and other people who walk on green covered slipways (they're not called that for nothing). Put on some rugby socks and you won't fall over. It's counter-intuitive but it works.

  • by Ethanol-fueled (1125189) * on Thursday September 30, 2010 @10:55PM (#33755430) Homepage Journal
    You quoted their website, which stated that their solutions are unusual and imaginative. The summary:

    Having trouble breathing? Try riding a roller-coaster. Really. A pair of Dutch researchers who discovered that the symptoms of asthma can be treated with a roller-coaster ride...

    Most asthmatics know that the emergency treatment for severe attacks is a shot of adrenaline. A ride on a rollercoaster is also kinda a shot of adrenaline. I suppose holding a loaded gun to one's head may also alleviate symptoms.

    Kinda like that Simpsons episode where Bart has all this stuff super-glued to his face, and Dr. Hibert breaks out a menacing-looking nailgun to remove them. Bart simply sweats them off as Dr. Hibert laughs. Bart asks why Dr. Hibert couldnt've just turned up the thermostat, and Dr. Hibert responds evilly,

    No, it had to be terror sweat!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 30, 2010 @11:37PM (#33755618)

    Just got done reading The Peter Principle (http://www.amazon.com/Peter-Principle-Laurence-J/dp/1568491611), so this looks like a dangerously accurate theory.

  • by VJ42 (860241) * on Friday October 01, 2010 @04:52AM (#33756664)
    Here's a link to the actual paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/0907.0455 [arxiv.org]
  • The site itself (Score:3, Informative)

    by Trevelyan (535381) on Friday October 01, 2010 @05:17AM (#33756758)
    I note that TFA summary lacks a link to the ig Nobels own site..
    So here it is [nyud.net] although via Corel Cache since the site appears to be taking quite a heavy hit.

    I think I'm probably the first to try via corel cache so its still loading for me, but I hope giving this link will improve that...
  • by Ezel (249772) on Friday October 01, 2010 @05:28AM (#33756792)

    Yes, there is an error in the Fox News article. Here is a quote from the official site instead:

    ECONOMICS PRIZE: The executives and directors of Goldman Sachs, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and Magnetar for creating and promoting new ways to invest money -- ways that maximize financial gain and minimize financial risk for the world economy, or for a portion thereof.

    http://improbable.com/ig/winners/ [improbable.com]

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