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Frog-smelling scientists bag Ig Nobel

Star Wars-watching locusts and funky stressed frogs loomed large at the 15th annual Ig Nobel Prizes honouring the flip-side of scientific genius. Pics

india Updated: Oct 07, 2005 14:50 IST

Artificial dog testicles,

Star Wars

-watching locusts and an elusive alarm clock loomed large at the 15th annual Ig Nobel Prizes honouring the flip-side of scientific genius.

Four genuine Nobel laureates were on hand at Harvard University to present the awards, which included a Fluid Dynamics Prize for a compelling study on avian defecation: "Pressures Produced When Penguins Pooh."

Founded in 1991 by science magazine editor Marc Abrahams, the Ig Nobels are awarded each year for scientific achievement that "cannot or should not be reproduced."

This year's 10 Igs went individually or jointly to pioneers from Australia, Britain, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria and the United States.

The Medicine Prize was claimed by Gregg Miller of Missouri for his invention of Neuticles -- artificial replacement testicles for dogs, which are available in three sizes and three degrees of firmness.

The much-coveted Peace Ig went to two British researchers at Newcastle University for electrically monitoring the activity of a brain cell in a locust that was watching selected highlights from the movie Star Wars.

And a large group of researchers and institutions shared the Biology prize for painstakingly smelling and cataloguing the peculiar odours produced by 131 different species of frogs when under stress.

Winners from seven of the 10 Ig categories attended the ceremony at Harvard's Sanders Theatre, which drew an audience of 1,200 people.

First Published: Oct 07, 2005 10:25 IST