Ig Nobel Prize winners

The 2013 Ig Nobel Prizes are concluded.

One of them is the chemistry prize. The experiment tries to solve the mystery of onion lachrymatory factor.

CHEMISTRY PRIZE: Shinsuke Imai [JAPAN], Nobuaki Tsuge [JAPAN], Muneaki Tomotake [JAPAN], Yoshiaki Nagatome [JAPAN], Toshiyuki Nagata [JAPAN, GERMANY], and Hidehiko Kumgai [JAPAN], for discovering that the biochemical process by which onions make people cry is even more complicated than scientists previously realized.

REFERENCE: “Plant Biochemistry: An Onion Enzyme that Makes the Eyes Water,” S. Imai, N. Tsuge, M. Tomotake, Y. Nagatome, H. Sawada, T. Nagata and H. Kumagai, Nature, vol. 419, no. 6908, October 2002, p. 685.

In addition to that, the other winners are:

MEDICINE PRIZE:

Auditory stimulation of opera music induced prolongation of murine cardiac allograft survival and maintained generation of regulatory CD4+CD25+ cells,”

PSYCHOLOGY PRIZE:

‘Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beer Holder’: People Who Think They Are Drunk Also Think They Are Attractive,”

JOINT PRIZE IN BIOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY:

Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way for Orientation,”

SAFETY ENGINEERING PRIZE:

US Patent #3811643, Gustano A. Pizzo, “anti hijacking system for aircraft”, May 21, 1972.

PHYSICS PRIZE:

Humans Running in Place on Water at Simulated Reduced Gravity,”

ARCHAEOLOGY PRIZE:

Human Digestive Effects on a Micromammalian Skeleton,”

PEACE PRIZEAlexander Lukashenkopresident of Belarus, for making it illegal to applaud in public, AND to the Belarus State Police, for arresting a one-armed man for applauding.

PROBABILITY PRIZE

Are Cows More Likely to Lie Down the Longer They Stand?

PUBLIC HEALTH PRIZE:

Surgical Management of an Epidemic of Penile Amputations in Siam,”

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