Monday, 6 October 2008

And the Nobel goes to....

"The scientists who discovered HIV will share the Nobel prize for medicine with the expert who linked human papilloma virus (HPV) to cervical cancer", The BBC reports.

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier get 1/4 of the prize each for their HIV findings, while Harald zur Hausen gets the other 1/2 for his work on HPV.

Last week, the Ig Nobels were also awarded, for "science that makes you laugh, and then think".
Among the winners were:
-Massimiliano Zampini and Charles Spence, for showing that stale chips taste as good as fresh chips, so long as the stale chips sound like fresh chips. (This reminds me of work be Heston Blumenthal, of the fat duck (one of 'the worlds best restaurants'), who has examined how sound affects taste, with the crunch carrots and also by designing a sound track to accompany a tasting menu.)
-Dorian Raymer and Douglas Smith, who showed mathematically that if it can tangle, it will tangle.
-Geoffrey Miller, Joshua Tybur and Brent Jordan, who showed that lap dancers make more money in tips when they are ovulating.