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Study of French postmen's testicles wins international science prize

Discussion in 'In the news...' started by Northerner, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. Northerner

    Northerner Admin (Retired)

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    A study of French postmen's testicle temperature has won the IgNobel international science prize.

    The annual awards celebrate the slightly lighter end of science by honouring studies and experiments that 'first makes people laugh, then make them think'.

    And one of the winners this year was Roger Mieusset and Bourras Bengoudifa from the University of Toulouse.

    Roger Mieusset is a fertility specialist who has done a lot of important work, but his Ig Nobel award was for a slightly more bizarre endeavour.

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  2. Andy HB

    Andy HB Senior Member

    I also like the Ig Nobel approach to acceptance speeches. They are limited to one minute (I think). If they go over that, a young girl interrupts saying something along the lines of "Please stop, I am bored". :)
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  3. Eddy Edson

    Eddy Edson Well-Known Member

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    This won the "physics" Iggy:

    Wombats are fossorial herbivorous Australian marsupials with the distinctive feature of producing cubic feces, which is unique in the animal kingdom. .. We investigate how wombats produce cubic feces, through investigation of the structure and mechanics of two dissected alimentary systems of wombats--derived from veterinary euthanized individuals following motor vehicle collisions in Tasmania, Australia. In the final 8 percent of the intestine, feces changed from a liquid-like state into a solid state composed of separated cubes of length 2 cm. This shape change was due to the azimuthally varying elastic properties of the intestinal wall. By emptying the intestine and inflating it with a long balloon, we found that the local strain varies from 20 percent at the cube's corners to 75 percent at its edges. Thus, the intestine stretches preferentially at the walls to facilitate cube formation. This study addresses the long-standing mystery of cubic scat formation and provides insight into new manufacturing techniques for non-axisymmetric structures using soft tissues.

    No wonder wombats always seem to find life a bit of a chore ...
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  4. Northerner

    Northerner Admin (Retired)

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    No wonder they look like this :eek:

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