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  Nobel Prize - Encyclopedia.WorldSearch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The prizes are awarded at a formal ceremony held annually on December 10, the date that Alfred Nobel passed away.
The first Nobel prize in Economy was awarded to Ragnar Anton Kittil Frisch and Jan Tinbergen for "having developed and applied dynamic models for the analysis of economic processes".
The humorous Ig Nobel Prize is a parody which annually honors research "that cannot or should not be repeated".
encyclopedia.worldsearch.com /nobel_prize.htm   (1869 words)

  
 Ig Nobel Prize - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The first Ig Nobels were awarded in 1991, when they were described as discoveries "that cannot, or should not, be reproduced." The name is a pun on the word "ignoble" and the name Nobel Prize.
The ceremony is followed a few days later by the Ig Informal Lectures at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in which laureates have the opportunity to explain their achievements and their relevance to the general public.
Unlike the Darwin Awards, whose aim is strictly to entertain, the aim of the Ig Nobel is also to arouse public interest in science.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ig_Nobel_Prize   (435 words)

  
 Guardian Unlimited | Archive Search
The 2000 Ig Nobels were awarded at Harvard this month, as they have been annually since 1991, in parallel with the real Nobels.
Chairman of the Ig Nobel board of governors, Marc Abrahams, cites the 1996 biology winners as a classic example of "cannot be repeated": Anders Barheim and Hogne Sandvik found that leeches have their appetite stimulated by sour cream, are made drunk by beer and are often killed by garlic.
Ig Nobel winners sometimes have to wait years for their achievements to be recognised; the prize for public health to Jonathan Wyatt, Gordon McNaughton and William Tullet came seven years after their ground breaking paper "The collapse of toilets in Glasgow" was published in the Scottish Medical Journal.
www.guardian.co.uk /Archive/Article/0,4273,4076102,00.html   (711 words)

  
 Ig Nobel Prize Winners [rec.humor.funny]
Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded to individuals whose achievements cannot or should not be reproduced.
The Prizes are a legacy from the legendary Ignatius ("Ig") Nobel, the inventor of excelsior (packing material) and co-inventor of soda pop.
The 1991 Ig Nobel Laureates: Chemistry: Jacques Benveniste, prolific proselytizer and dedicated correspondent of Nature, for his persistent discovery that water, H2O, is an intelligent liquid, and for demonstrating to his satisfaction that water is able to remember events long after all trace of those events has vanished.
www.netfunny.com /rhf/jokes/92q4/ignoble.html   (654 words)

  
 Ig Nobel Prize Update
Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded each year (more or less) to honor irreproducible achievements in science and other areas of human endeavor.
In 1954 he received the Nobel prize for chemistry for his work on the nature of the chemical bond and its application to the structure of complex substances.
Nobel laureates (as opposed to Ig Nobel laureates, who are prohibited from filing nominations) have been very active in identifying and nominating potential Ig winners.
www.mit.edu /activities/voodoo/is743/ignoble.html   (996 words)

  
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This sense of wonder and glorious silliness was on display at the 17th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize awards, held October 2 at Harvard's Sanders Theater, and co-sponsored by the Annals of Improbable Research, the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association, the Harvard Computer Society and the Harvard-Radcliffe Society of Physics Students.
To win such a prize, you usually have to have had a scholarly paper published in peer-reviewed journal, although exceptions are made, especially for the Ig Nobel Peace prize and often for the prize in economics.
All prizes awarded this year seemed well-deserved, and the gracious winners (most of whom showed up to receive their prizes) seemed to be unabashed and having as good a time as the audience.
www.nystringer.com /html/ig.htm   (495 words)

  
 Online edition of Sunday Observer - Business   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The prestigious Nobel Prizes are awarded to persons who have made outstanding services to humanity in science and literature, or through work to promote friendship between nations.
This is the Ig Nobel Prize, awarded to people who have researched something that is silly, yet in some respect unique an profound, during the past year.
Winner of the Ig Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 was the Japanese toy maker Takara Co., Ltd. Their award was for "promoting peace and harmony between the species by inventing Bowlingual, a computer-based automatic dog-to-human language translation device".
www.sundayobserver.lk /2004/06/20/fea23.html   (894 words)

  
 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Science/Health -- Only comedians may appreciate the Ig Nobels
The only way to win a Nobel Prize without satisfying the last requirement is to die sometime between the official announcement of your victory and the October awards ceremony in Stockholm.
And Ig Nobel laureates, singled out for their magnificently dubious contributions to science, have been heard to express the sentiment that they would rather be dead than be so honored.
Genuine Nobel laureates will be on hand to present the awards, and several of the soon-to-be Ig Nobelists have promised to be there to accept, the remainder apparently being either in hiding or prison.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/science/20020925-9999_1c25singular.html   (592 words)

  
 Ig Nobel Ceremony Hails Science’s Laughable Achievements of the Year   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
A farcical spin off the Switzerland Nobel Prize Ceremony, the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, set a few days before Nobel Prize winners are announced, presented its 10 awards in the categories of biology, physics, interdisciplinary research, chemistry, mathematics, literature, peace, hygiene, economics, and medicine.
Nobel Prize Laureates Dudley Herschbach (Chemistry ’86), William Lipscomb (Chemistry ’76), and Richard Roberts (Physiology or Medicine ’93) personally presented the awards to the winners.
The Medicine prize went to Chris McManus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education at the Department of Psychology at the University College, London for his report “Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture” which was featured in the front page and a section of the magazine Nature.
www-tech.mit.edu /V122/N46/46ignobel.46n.html   (860 words)

  
 Alternative Awards : Ig Nobel Prize   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
To receive a Nobel Prize is to be globally recognized for spectacular achievement in science, literature or the peace.
The Ig Nobel prize winners attend at their own expense to be given worldwide recognition for their extraordinary observations and receive what the organisers told the Guardian were, “prizes made of extremely cheap materials and a medallion that’s pretty awkward to wear.”
Other prizes were awarded to Coca Cola for using advanced technology to convert liquid from the Thames in to ‘Dasani’ and to the Vatican for outsourcing prayers to India.
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 RoboCop, Pseudotherapy, and Penile Length: The 1998 Ig Nobel Prizes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The first thing noted by anyone entering the 1998 edition of the Ig Nobel Prizes was James "The Amazing" Randi's flaming white beard, glowing seemingly brightly enough to light the room, beaming out from a phalanx of seated dignitaries, almost all dressed in lab coats and numbering four (real) Nobel laureates among them.
AIR awards the Ig Nobel Prizes to individuals whose achievements "cannot or should not be reproduced" in a ceremony held each year, though Marc later verbally added a more accurate explanation: the awards reward the unusual in science that make you think.
That, in a nutshell, is an Ig Nobel ceremony.
www.netsurf.com /nsd/misc/ignobel.html   (2198 words)

  
 Improbable Research -- What's New: Ig Nobel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
A view to an Ig Accounts of this year's Ig Nobel ceremony can be discerned here and there, respectively, in the glimmering vastness of groans and bleatings in the world's press and blogs.
Leeson, of course, won his Ig for "using the calculus of derivatives to demonstrate that every financial institution has its limits." In his case, the Institution was the now-defunct Barings Bank.
Benveniste was awarded the 1991 Ig Nobel Chemistry Prize "for his persistent discovery that water, H2O, is an intelligent liquid, and for demonstrating to his satisfaction that water is able to remember events long after all trace of those events has vanished."
improbable.typepad.com /improbable_research_whats/ig_nobel   (8302 words)

  
 Harvard Gazette: Oh, no! It's Ig Nobel time again!
The Ig Nobel Ceremony is organized by the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR) in cooperation with three Harvard student groups - the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association (HRSFA), the Harvard Computer Society (HCS), and the Harvard-Radcliffe Society of Physics Students (SPS).
The Ig Nobel Prizes are a good-natured take-off on science and the Nobel Prizes.
Now in its 12th year, the Igs (as they are familiarly known) honor achievements that "cannot or should not be reproduced." Each year, 10 new winners are invited to travel to Harvard - at their own expense - for a gala, pomp-and-paper-airplane-filled ceremony.
www.hno.harvard.edu /gazette/2002/09.26/27-igs.html   (464 words)

  
 Wired News: Honors for Nude Lit, Fish Farts
The 2004 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony was presented by Abrahams, who wore a top hat and was surrounded by actual Nobel laureates and can-can dancers.
Many of the prize winners, who received their awards beneath a hail of paper airplanes thrown by 1,200 audience members in Harvard's Sanders Theater, seemed genuinely appreciative of the attention for their research, which, were it not for its zany nature, would have remained largely obscure.
Winners of the prize this year included researchers who proved the "five-second rule," that it is safe to eat food after it has been dropped on the floor, and those who discovered that herrings communicate by farting.
www.wired.com /news/culture/0,1284,65176,00.html   (984 words)

  
 Ig Nobel Prize - Popular Science Net
Jacques Benveniste (Ig Nobel Chemistry Prize, 1991 and 1998) and his discoveries that water molecules remember things and that the memories can be transmitted over telephone lines.
Louis Kervran (Ig Nobel Physics Prize, 1993) and his discovery that the calcium in chickens' eggshells is created by a process of cold fusion.
The 2005 IG Nobel Prizes were awarded in a ceremony at Harvard University.
www.popular-science.net /nobel/ignobel.html   (632 words)

  
 Harvard Gazette: Ig Nobel Prizes will skewer silly science at Sanders
The Annual Ig Nobel Prizes, awarding achievements that 'cannot or should not be reproduced,' take place this year on Oct. 2 at Sanders Theatre.
The Ig Nobels give the scientific community its annual belly laugh by turning the spotlight on itself.
Each year, the Ig Nobels honor 10 winners, some of whom travel to Harvard to take their lumps - er, receive their prizes - in person.
www.news.harvard.edu /gazette/2003/09.25/11-ignobel.html   (546 words)

  
 Ig Nobel Prize - Popular Science Net
The Igs are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative -- and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology.
The 1993 Ig Nobel Literature Prize has been awarded to 976 cowinners who coauthored a paper that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (vol.
Shigeru Watanabe, Junko Sakamoto, and Masumi Wakita (Ig Nobel Psychology Prize, 1995) and their achievement in training pigeons to discriminate between the paintings of Picasso and those of Monet.
www.dickran.net /nobel/ignobel.html   (632 words)

  
 BBC News | SCI/TECH | Brits take the biscuit
The Ig Nobels are a spoof on the Nobel Prizes which will be handed out over the next few weeks.
The Ig Nobel committee recognises some of the more questionable contributions to life at the end of the 20th Century.
The Ig Nobel for Peace went to Chari Fourie and Michelle Wong of Johannesburg, South Africa, for their car burglar alarm which consists of a detection circuit and flame thrower.
news.bbc.co.uk /hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_462000/462987.stm   (436 words)

  
 New Scientist Breaking News - Amorous ostriches scoop Ig Nobel prize   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
An investigation into why amorous UK ostriches were failing to breed is just one of the winners of the 2002 Ig Nobel Prizes.
Work on scrotal asymmetry in men and sculpture, the surface area of Indian elephants and a Japanese dog bark translator were among the other recipients of Ig Nobels, awarded annually by the humour magazine, the Annals of Improbable Research.
Other 2002 Ig Nobel awards included the Peace prize to the developers of an electronic device that translates a dog's barking into Japanese and the physics prize to Arnd Leike of the University of Munich for showing the head on beer follows an exponential decay law.
www.newscientist.com /article.ns?id=dn2879   (546 words)

  
 The Ig Nobel Prizewinners   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
On October 6, the winners of this year's Ig Nobel Prizes were honored, in a fashion, by three Nobel Laureates, 1200 hecklers, the Norwegian Consul, and a rat control scientist at a tumultuous ceremony at MIT.
The Prizes honor individuals whose achievements "cannot or should not be reproduced." Five additional Nobel Laureates (Sidney Altman, David Baltimore, Nicolas Bloembergen, Jerome Friedman, and Philip Sharp) participated in the Ceremony with congratulatory tapes and slides.
Full details of the 199 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, including photographs and highlights of the acceptance speeches and 30- second Heisenberg Certainty Lectures, will be presented in December in the first print issue of The Annals of Inprobable Research.
bears.ece.ucsb.edu /personnel/astornet/humor/humor62.html   (682 words)

  
 Ig Nobel Press Release at the Beckman Institute   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Their research on the topic of inattentional blindness — the failure to notice unusual and salient visual events when attention is otherwise engaged and the events are unexpected—has lead them to win the 2004 Ig Nobel Prize in Psychology.
The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.
Produced by the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR) and co-sponsored by the Harvard Computer Society, the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association, and the Harvard Radcliffe Society of Physics Students, the 2004 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded to the recipients by genuine Nobel Laureates before an audience of 1200 at Harvard’s historic Sanders Theatre.
www.beckman.uiuc.edu /news/inthe/ignobel.html   (378 words)

  
 Improbable Research -- What's New   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
This is the official blog of the Ig Nobel Prizes and of the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR).
This morning, the morning after the Ig Nobel ceremony, reports about the event and the winners were the sixth-most-mailed news items on both Yahoo ("The Winner Is...
The 2005 Ig Nobel Prize winners were revealed last night in a gala ceremony at Harvard.
improbable.typepad.com   (974 words)

  
 Prizes for the rest of us   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
In case you haven't heard, Ig Nobels are awarded every year for "achievements that cannot or should not be reproduced." That's the word from Abrahams, a former math and computer guy who's now chief AIR-head (and editor) of the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR) in Cambridge, Mass.
AIR sponsors the Ig Nobels every year, just as the regular Nobels are being awarded.
Abrahams says the Ig Nobels are awarded for a couple of reasons.
whyfiles.news.wisc.edu /shorties/ig_nobel.html   (568 words)

  
 New Scientist Breaking News - Invisible gorilla steals Ig Nobel prize
The Ig Nobel prize in Public Health went to Jillian Clarke, now a student at Howard University in Washington, for testing the validity of the idea that dropped food is safe to eat if it has spent no more than five seconds on the floor.
A disturbing study showing that the suicide rates for whites in US metropolitan areas is higher in cities where more country music is played on the radio earned the Ig Nobel prize in Medicine for Steven Stack of Wayne State in Detroit and James Gundlach of Auburn University in Alabama.
Another means of communication, used by herring, earned the Ig Nobel prize in Biology for Magnus Whalberg of the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and his colleagues.
www.newscientist.com /article.ns?id=dn6468   (680 words)

  
 New Scientist Breaking News - Falling coconuts study scoops Ig Nobel medicine prize
Quantifying the hazards of falling coconuts and patenting the wheel are just two of the achievements recognized by the 20001 Ig Nobel Prizes.
The Ig Nobel with the most cosmic impact was in Astrophysics, awarded to Michigan televangelist Jack Van Impe for discovering that fl holes meet all the technical requirements for being the location of hell.
Buck Weimer of Pueblo, Colorado earned the Ig Nobel Prize in biology for inventing "under-ease," air-tight underpants that kill the odour of foul-smelling flatulence.
www.newscientist.com /article.ns?id=dn1387   (544 words)

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