Scientists from around the world have gathered at Harvard University in the United States to recognise the researchers who have been working on some of life’s deepest questions. Like how holding a crocodile influences gambling and how to hold a coffee cup best for the least spillage. These are the Ig Nobel Prize spoof awards.
French researcher Marc Abrahams won the Ig Nobel in Physics after using mathematical formulas to work out whether cats are liquid or solid.
“It was based on the common definition that a liquid is a material that can adapt its shape to its container.”
On the rheology of a cat. 2017 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics! #IgNobel https://t.co/ErDGROOyvR pic.twitter.com/zXRfzg8dLS— Patricia Yang (@pyang_tweet) September 15, 2017Other honours include the Peace Prize which went to a multi-national team of six researchers who wrote a paper looking at whether playing the didgeridoo can help cure snoring.
Didgeridoo demonstration from one of the team members of the team that just won the #IgNobel peace award pic.twitter.com/ZHgjKTof4t— Alicia Pérez-Porro (@aliciaprzporro) September 14, 2017
The awards, now in their 27th year, are handed out by actual Nobel Prize winners and are intended not to honour the best or worst in science, but rather to highlight research that encourages people to think in unusual ways.