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Peru receives Ig Nobel prize because lean left makes the Eiffel Tower look small

Peru receives Ig Nobel prize because lean left makes the Eiffel Tower look small

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“Leaning to the left makes the Eiffel Tower look smaller” is the work of Tulio Guadalupe and Rolf Zwaan Eerland Anita, who won the Nobel anti-psychology, awarded by the “Annals of Improbable Research.” It is a scientific humor magazine that began this award craziest investigations made by scientists in the world for 22 years.

“The idea was born from the first author, Anita Eerland (director of research), as a way of proving that cognitive functions (such estimate an amount) may be influenced by the motor system,” said Guadalupe in an interview with El Comercio . He added that it is “an honor” to have received the prize. “There is a scientific award itself, but rewards originality in good scientific practice,” he said.

The rest of the prizes were distributed as follows:

  • Peace Prize: SKN Company (Russia), by converting old Russian munitions new diamonds
  • Acoustic Prize: The Japanese creators of Speech Jammer , a device that interrupts the speech of a person to make her listen to her own words with a small gap.
  • Neuroscience Prize: A Craig Bennett, Abigail Baird, Michael Miller, and George Wolford (USA), for “demonstrating that using complicated instruments and simple statistics, we can see significant brain activity anywhere – even dead salmon.” The work in question is entitled “Correlation Neural interspecies perspective taken in Atlantic Salmon Post-Mortem”.
  • Chemistry Prize: A Johan Pettersson (Sweden) to resolve why some houses in the village of Anderslöv, Sweden, people’s hair turned green. Answer: The copper pipes of certain houses were not well covered, causing the copper contaminated water, causing the people blonde hair green again (because copper tends to turn green when oxidized).
  • Literature Prize: A General Accounting Office of the United States, “a report on the reports about reports that recommend the preparation of a report on the report on reports concerning reports”. The report in question is entitled “Action needed to assess the impact of efforts to estimate the cost of the reports and studies.”
  • Physics Prize: Joseph Keller (USA), Raymond Goldstein, Patrick and Robin Warren Ball (UK), by calculating the balance of form and strength to the hair moves when taken in a ponytail. Work is now known as “the equation of the form of the ponytail.”
  • Fluid Dynamics Prize: A Rouslan Krechetnikov (Russia) and Hans Mayer (USA) to study the dynamics of movement of liquids to see what happens when someone walks with a cup of coffee in hand. The study is titled “Walking with Coffee: Why is spilled?”
  • Anatomy Award: A Frans de Waal (Netherlands and USA) and Jennifer Pokorny (U.S.) to discover that chimpanzees can identify other chimpanzees individually to see pictures of their asses.
  • Medicine Prize: A Ben-Soussan and Antonietti Michel (France) by “advising physicians who perform colonoscopies on how to minimize the possibility that their patients explode”. The study is entitled “Gas explosion colon during colonoscopy with electrocautery therapy”.
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