Two researchers from Lyon win parodic Nobel Prize

Published: 2017/09/18

Two researchers from the University of Lyon won an Ig Nobel Prize for their work about “liquid cats” and “smelling cheese”. The Ig Nobel Prize is a parody of the Nobel Prize, which is awarded every autumn to celebrate ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research.

Papers on cats, vampire bats, digeridoos and cheese disgust all won at science’s most irreverent ceremony. Researchers answering whether cats are solid or liquid, how digeridoos can cure snoring and why we find cheese disgusting all triumphed at this year’s Ig Nobel awards.

Presented at Harvard University, US, on 14 September, the annual parody of the Nobel prize celebrated research that at first sight sounds like a joke but often has some serious science behind it.

Marc-Antoine Fardin from the ENS-University of Lyon won the Ig Nobel prize for “using fluid dynamics to probe the question ‘Can a Cat Be Both a Solid and a Liquid?”

Jean-Pierre Royet (University of Lyon), David Meunier, Nicolas Torquet, Anne-Marie Mouly and Tao Jiang, took the Ig Nobel Prize in medicine “for using advanced brain-scanning technology to measure the extent to which some people are disgusted by cheese.”

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