Last night the 2009 Ig Nobels were awarded. A parody celebration of the Nobel prizes, the Ig Nobels recognise odd – but possibly interesting – new scientific research.
The Guardian has a good writeup about the winners; once again the Brits did very well. I believe my favourite was the Public Health prize won by Elena Bodnar
for patenting a bra that, in an emergency, can be converted into a pair of gas masks, one for the owner and one for a needy bystander. “It was inspired by the Chernobyl nuclear accident,” said Bodnar, who is originally from Ukraine. “This way, the mask is always readily available.”
I think there are some people who might do that recreationally already.