the top of science in 2022 is research on the optimal way to turn a doorknob

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They are the funniest science awards of the year. Tonight Ig Nobels 2022 have been awarded, the prelude to the Nobel Prize that recognizes scientific research that makes us laugh, but also think. Some awards that have been held since 1991 and are awarded by the Annals of Improbable Research organization. These have been the winners in the different categories.


Cardiology: love at first sight. Eliska Prochazkova, Elio Sjak-Shie, Friederike Behrens, Daniel Lindh and Mariska Kret have been awarded for his work published in the journal Nature of ‘the physiological synchrony associated with attraction on a blind date’. That is, to describe and demonstrate that on the first date the heart rates of the two people are synchronized if they are attracted. You know, from now on all pay attention to the electrocardiogram of your smartwatch during the first date.

Literature: why nobody understands legal texts. Eric Martínez, Francis Mollica, and Edward Gibson, for discussing why legal texts and documents are unnecessarily complex to understand. From poor writing to unspecialized concepts, these types of texts are absurdly complicated. What many of us imagined, now these researchers they have shown it.

Biology: constipation in scorpions. Solimary García-Hernández and Glauco Machado publish a complete study on the anatomy of scorpions and their defense mechanisms. The conclusion is curious. They describe the consequences of losing the tail and the anus. It turns out that they don’t run anymore, but they can’t defecate and they are more at risk of dying from constipation. However, this does not affect their reproductive capabilities.

Medicine: ice cream against ulcers. Marcin Jasiński, Martyna Maciejewska, Anna Brodziak, Michał Górka, Kamila Skwierawska, Wiesław Jędrzejczak, Agnieszka Tomaszewska, Grzegorz Basak and Emilian Snarski publish a study in nature about how ice cream helps prevent oral mucositis, a series of ulcers that can appear after chemotherapy. A simple method, eating ice cream, which could help alleviate one of the possible side effects of some forms of chemotherapy.

Engineering: how to turn a knob. Gen Matsuzaki, Kazuo Ohuchi, Masaru Uehara, Yoshiyuki Ueno, and Goro Imura are the Japanese researchers who have studied the optimal way to turn a knob. The study analyzes the number of fingers needed to open a doorknob based on its size and how to position them correctly. According to those responsible, this study can help improve the design of knobs, but also of covers and other objects.

History of art: Mayan enemas. Peter de Smet and Nicholas Hellmuth have been awarded for his work from ‘A Multidisciplinary Approach to Ritual Enema Scenes in Ancient Maya Pottery’.

Physics: the swimming of the ducklings. Frank Fish, Zhi-Ming Yuan, Minglu Chen, Laibing Jia, Chunyan Ji and Atilla Incecik are the winners for their study on ‘The mechanics and physiology of animal swimming’. Specifically the swimming of the ducklings in formation. The conclusion is that the little ducklings take advantage of the reduction of the waves behind the movement of the mother.

Peace: algorithms for gossip. Junhui Wu, Szabolcs Számadó, Pat Barclay, Bianca Beersma, Terence Dores Cruz, Sergio Lo Iacono, Annika Nieper, Kim Peters, Wojtek Przepiorka, Leo Tiokhin and Paul Van Lange are the great team awarded for their work published in The Royal Society in which they developed an algorithm to help gossips decide when to tell the truth and when to lie in order to get more information. A great help for the sector.

Economics: why talent is not good for promotion. Alessandro Pluchino, Alessio Emanuele Biondo and Andrea Rapisarda have mathematically explained why fools are luckier to get promoted. The work of these economists explains the tradeoff between talent and luckshowing why those who rise are not always the most talented, but simply the luckiest.

Moose Safety Engineering. The Swedish engineer Magnus Gens has been awarded for his thesis on animal abuse. For her, she designed a moose dummy with 116 rubber plates and tested different shocks to help analyze moose hits. An investigation that could also be applied to other animals.

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They are the funniest science awards of the year. Tonight Ig Nobels 2022 have been awarded, the prelude to the…

They are the funniest science awards of the year. Tonight Ig Nobels 2022 have been awarded, the prelude to the…

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