2021 Ig Nobel prize winners: Beard research and wads of gum

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2021 Ig Nobel prize winners: beard research and wads of gum
2021 Ig Nobel prize winners: beard research and wads of gum

Ig Nobel prize is the Nobel prize spoofs honoring or dishonoring strange discoveries of science. Read to know who won this year’s prizes.

More on this year’s award ceremony

“For the second year in a row, the ceremony was a roughly 90-minute prerecorded digital event because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic,” said Marc Abrahams. Abrahams is the editor of Annals of Improbable Research magazine, the primary sponsor. However, the prerecorded ceremony is disappointing.

After all, a rowdy audience and their participation are one of the key features. However, the ceremony conducted several in-person traditional from the live show. It included real Nobel laureates awarding prizes and ‘A Bridge between people,’ a mini-opera show about children who build small suspension bridges between angry adults.

Here are this year’s Ig Nobel Prize winners

Beards are not just the trendiest styles for men but, also an evolutionary development. According to research, beards can help protect a man’s facial bones from a punch. Scientists from the University of Utah who studied the evolution of beards are among this year’s IG Nobel prize winners. “If the same is true for human facial hair, then having a full beard may help protect vulnerable regions of the facial skeleton from damaging strikes, such as the jaw. “If the same is true for human facial hair, then having a full beard may help protect vulnerable regions of the facial skeleton from damaging strikes, such as the jaw,” said the researchers.

Other winners of the annual Ig Nobel prizes include researchers who figured out the secret to controlling cockroaches on US Submarines. It also includes researchers who studied if it was safer to transport airborne rhinos upside down. And, another team got th answer to how disgusting a piece of gum stuck to your shoe can be.

Awards for bizarre research and bizarre results

We all know that wads of discarded chewing gum are disgusting. However, have you wondered exactly how disgusting? Apparently, these researchers did. “Our findings have implications for a wide range of disciplines, including forensics, contagious disease control, or bioremediation of wasted chewing gum residues,” reported researchers from the University of Valencia. Leila Satari, Àngela Vidal-Verdú, Manuel Porcar, and Alba Guillén published their study in Nature.

Additionally, a team of researchers from the US Navy won for coming up with a highly effective and cheaper method for cockroach control. The study found out that traditional methods such as carboxide fumigation and malathion pesticides were not adequate. They found that using dichlorvos, a pesticide, was highly effective and less expensive.

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