Bizarre science honors in Zhejiang reward curiosity
The ceremony Award pineapple 9 takes place in the province of Wenzhou, Zhejiang, on Sunday night. The award is dedicated to researchers conducting scientific experiments funny and surprising. YIN Xiaosheng / XINHUA

"What is most disgusting, finding a dead rat in the kitchen or be forced to sit at the side of someone smells bad with greasy hair in the subway?"

This whimsical question won Val Curtis and Michael Bar-scientists from the School of Medicine in London of Hygiene and Tropical and London-Prize Brunel University pineapple for biology given in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, Sunday night.

The two scientists created a "scale nausea" through which he asked participants to rate 72 points on a scale from 0 to 100.

"Our analysis shows there is a clear correlation between unpleasantness and risk of infection. This work could play a key role in health policy and is backed by a solid theory of evolutionary biology, "Barra said.

parody of the Nobel-prize pineapple Chinese equivalent of the Ig Nobel Prizes-America honors the spirit of curiosity behind fun and surprising experiments. They are given in fields including psychology, physics and biology. All work must have been published in academic journals recognized or presented at conferences.

Studies awarded may seem funny, but involve serious scientific pursuits.

An international team of scientists from Norway, the Netherlands and Spain found urea helps set concrete. Therefore, the most economical way to build a base on the moon is the use of lunar materials and add to the urine cement solidifies. The research won the category of fantasy.

"We try to make a construction material with ingredients that can be found on the moon, and I'm glad we made it. There is very little water on the moon, and urea is a good hideout plasticizer the human body, "professor Anna-Lena Kjoniksen of Ostfold University College of Norway said.

David Carrier, a biologist at the University of Utah in the US, was one of those who was inspired by the theory of evolution of Darwin and won the prize in physics to determine that " bearded men are more resistant to shocks ".

"Our results show beards are not only a way to show the appeal, but providing effective protection, weakening the strong attacks and the spread of shocks, so long beards of men are more likely to be the result of natural selection, "Carrier said.

researchers at the Burnet Institute in Australia won the math to explore "the mystery of the disappearance of the cycle teaspoons office." Researchers from McGill University of Canada won the psychology prize for his "hygienic approach to break up couples."

The Prize pineapple, founded in 2012, have been previously given to dozens of studies funny as "tin money counting reducing pain '' the amount of urine in a pool ', and' why mosquitoes do not die raindrops'.

"Being interesting is one of the most important criteria for a science prize pineapple, but only if the winners are real scientists whose research has been published on a regular daily or at an academic conference," said Li Ruihong, founder of the prize. "This award wants to send a message that science is not just about high-tech projects."

Xinyue Zhou, a professor at Zhejiang University, said :. "I appreciate the spirit behind this award Curiosity and passion are the driving forces behind a lot of research."

David G. Evans, a professor at Beijing University of Chemical Technology and presenter of the award this year, said, "Doing science requires innovation and communication of science also requires innovation, and I think the pineapple prize is a good way to stimulate the interest of young people in science".


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