Setting the stage
On Sept. 14, 2017, the 27th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony celebrated unconventional research, delivered 24-second scientific lectures and presented a mini-opera about incompetence. You know...the usual.
The nearly-two-hour event played to a packed house at Harvard University's Sanders Theatre, where the appreciative audience laughed and applauded scientific achievements that were somewhat more unorthodox than most.
In case you were wondering, the ceremony is identified as both the 27th and the first because "every year is a new beginning," founder and master of ceremonies Marc Abrahams, editor of the science magazine Annals of Improbable Research, told Live Science in 2016.
Keeping the beat
Plane and simple
Ain't she sweet
Behind the podium
Hum a few bars
A study with bite
Now ear this
Are you certain?
Jiwon "Jesse" Han, an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, wrote the study that won the Ig Nobel Fluid Dynamics Prize when he was still in high school in the Republic of Korea, exploring the dynamics of liquid sloshing by observing what happens to a cup of coffee when it is carried by someone who is walking backward.
In his acceptance speech, Han told the audience that when it comes to succeeding in science, "it's not about how old you are; it's not about how smart you are; it's about how much coffee you drink."
Long in the tooth
A moment of science
The sound of music
Developing fetuses have an ear for music — especially if it's played through a speaker inserted into their mother's vagina, according to the study that took home the Ig Nobel Obstetrics Prize. A team of researchers demonstrated that a fetus responds more strongly to music delivered to the womb by way of the vagina, rather than through the abdominal wall. To that end, they developed and designed a silicon vaginal speaker known as the Babypod, which can be used from week 16 of a pregnancy, according to the product website.