In spite of our government’s enthusiasm for slashing research funding, Australian researchers have featured in two of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes:
A multi-national team of researchers won the Peace Prize for “Didgeridoo Playing as Alternative Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome: Randomized Controlled Trial.” *
The other Aus contribution is a paper entitled “Never Smile At a Crocodile: Betting on Gaming Machines is Intensified by Reptile-Induced Arousal”, which won the Economics Prize.
The other standout researcher (not Australian) is James Heathcote, for his medical research study “Why Do Old Men Have Big Ears?” which won the Anatomy Prize.
Prizes from last year that caught Gert’s attention were the 2016 Peace Prize winner “On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit” and the 2016 Economics Prize winner, “The Brand Personality Of Rocks: A Critical Evaluation of a Brand Personality Scale”.
*to sign up for Gert’s online course in playing the didgeridoo, with free cardboard didgeridoo, enter your name and credit card details in the Comments box.