Friday, September 21, 2012

The 2012 Ig Nobel Prizes: Walking with Coffee

The 2012 Ig Nobel prizes were announced last night. Last year the Mayor of Vilnius won the peace prize for crushing illegally parked cars with a tank. This year there was only one transport winner, though in the field of fluid dynamics:

FLUID DYNAMICS PRIZE: Rouslan Krechetnikov [USA, RUSSIA, CANADA] and Hans Mayer [USA] for studying the dynamics of liquid-sloshing, to learn what happens when a person walks while carrying a cup of coffee.
REFERENCE: "Walking With Coffee: Why Does It Spill?" Hans C. Mayer and Rouslan Krechetnikov, Physical Review E, vol. 85, 2012.
ATTENDING THE CEREMONY: Rouslan Krechetnikov
Walking with coffee is an important planning goal.

The literature prize is truly deserved:

LITERATURE PRIZE: The US Government General Accountability Office, for issuing a report about reports about reports that recommends the preparation of a report about the report about reports about reports.
REFERENCE: "Actions Needed to Evaluate the Impact of Efforts to Estimate Costs of Reports and Studies," US Government General Accountability Office report GAO-12-480R, May 10, 2012.
Check the site here.

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