When a sigh isn’t just a sigh

first_img 2010 Peace: “Swearing as a Response to Pain” 2014 Neuroscience: “Seeing Jesus in Toast: Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Face Pareidolia” You wanted to know but were afraid to ask Some past Ig Nobel Prize winners 2015 Physics: “Duration of Urination Does Not Change With Body Size” Ultra-soft underwater grippers use fettuccini-like fingers to catch and release jellyfish without harm 2009 Peace: “Are Full or Empty Beer Bottles Sturdier and Does Their Fracture-Threshold Suffice to Break the Human Skull?” Tree in Harvard Forest outfitted with sensors, cameras, and other digital equipment sends out on-the-ground coverage Held before the Nobel Prize awards, the Ig Nobel honors scientific achievements that “make people laugh, then think,” and highlights that there can be science even in absurd questions such as “Is a sigh ‘just a sigh’?” (Answer: No, it is an unintentional expression of negative emotions, including longing, boredom, disappointment, and defeat) or “Walking with coffee: Why does it spill?” (Answer: It’s the byproduct of the interplay between the motion of a cup and the low-viscosity liquid dynamics of what’s in it).“We’re bringing attention to things that probably would not get much attention at all,” said Abrahams, co-founder and editor of the science humor magazine Improbable Research. “Nobel laureates get recognition, but there are millions of scientists who are advancing science, and most of them won’t get any attention at all.”Take, for example, the team of doctors who studied the biomedical benefits and consequences of intense kissing, or the researchers who demonstrated that nearly all mammals empty their bladders in 21 seconds, or the scientists who examined how reindeer react to humans disguised as polar bears.The Ig Nobel also honors creators who didn’t receive due recognition for their innovations. Among them are the inventor of karaoke, the three people who, probably, gave Murphy’s Law its name, and the man who, together with his father, obtained a patent for the comb-over.Winning an Ig Nobel Prize is hard. Each year, Abrahams and a team of volunteers evaluate thousands of nominations. Some of those chosen decline the award for fear of public embarrassment, but most are thrilled and willing to pay the travel expenses to receive it in person.The event has garnered prestige among scientists all over the world and has been popular since the first awards, held in an MIT classroom that could barely fit the crowd, mostly of amused scientists and science students. Three years later in 1994, it moved to Sanders, where it has been held before a packed audience every year.,In the beginning, some scientists lambasted the Ig Nobel, calling it an effort to ridicule scientific research, but the presence of genuine Nobel laureates helped dispel that notion. Most scientists embrace the effort because it shows that they can laugh at themselves and it might encourage people to get interested in science.“There were some people who assumed we were attacking science and making fun of scientists,” said Abrahams, a former software developer who travels around the world leading Ig Nobel live shows. “But we’re defending scientists, who are trying to figure out what’s true, what’s real, and what’s useful. We want to get people curious about science. People can be scared of things they don’t understand. But if they manage to be curious before they get scared, science is not going to be scary anymore.”Winning an Ig Nobel doesn’t prevent scientists from winning an actual Nobel. In 2000, Sir Andre Geim, Regius Professor and Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Manchester, won an Ig Nobel for his research on using magnets to levitate a frog. Ten years later, he won the 2010 Nobel in physics for his groundbreaking experiments with graphene, a thin material stronger than steel.In an interview with the BBC, Geim, who lists the Ig Nobel win in his CV, said, “Frankly speaking, I value both my Ig Nobel Prize and Nobel Prize at the same level. For me, the Ig Nobel Prize was the manifestation that I can take jokes; a little bit of self-deprecation always helps.”The event is organized by Improbable Research and co-sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Society of Physics Students and the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association. A live webcast of the ceremony will begin at 5:35 p.m.The 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will be held at Sanders Theatre on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the Harvard Box Office. 2011 Psychology: “Is a Sigh ‘Just a Sigh’? Sighs as Emotional Signals and Responses to a Difficult Task” 2018 Economics: “Righting a Wrong: Retaliation on a Voodoo Doll Symbolizing an Abusive Supervisor Restores Justice” Clever crows 2016 Economics: “The Brand Personality of Rocks: A Critical Evaluation of a Brand Personality Scale”center_img In 1991, Marc Abrahams founded the Ig Nobel Prize, a parody of the Nobel Prize ceremony that exalts obscure research in science. But his fascination for the funny and weird goes a long way back.As a fourth-grader growing up in Swampscott, Abrahams was captivated by numbers, and an eccentric, joke-telling math teacher, Mrs. Bondelevitch, had a lot to do with it. His curiosity sparked, Abrahams turned to science and began collecting “weird stuff,” including a newspaper article with the headline, “Man Flushes Toilet, House Explodes,” which delighted his 10-year-old imagination.On Thursday, Abrahams ’78, a Harvard graduate in applied mathematics, will revel in his role as emcee of the 29th First Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Sanders Theatre, in an event that mixes comedy and science and celebrates unusual research. Le Monde called Abrahams “the pope of improbable science,” and the Washington Post dubbed him “the nation’s guru of academic grunge.”Past winners include a Ukraine-born researcher who designed a bra that can be converted into a pair of gas masks; an Australian scientist who did a comprehensive survey of human belly-button lint; and a Spanish inventor who created a washing machine for cats and dogs.“I’m getting to do as an adult all the things that I most enjoyed doing when I was a little kid,” said the editor and writer at his Cambridge home office, which is filled with Ig Nobel memorabilia.Every year, Abrahams leads the uproarious gala like an experienced ringmaster, carefully orchestrating the night’s mischief, including the traditions of audience members throwing paper airplanes at the stage and genuine Nobel winners bestowing awards.Among the laureates expected to attend this year are Eric Maskin, Adams University Professor and winner of the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences; Jerome Friedman, who won the 1990 Nobel Prize in physics; and Martin Chalfie, who won the 2008 Nobel in chemistry. Source: Improbable Research 2012 Fluid dynamics: “Walking With Coffee: Why Does It Spill?” A gentle grip on gelatinous creatures A red oak live tweets climate change 2008 Nutrition: “The Role of Auditory Cues in Modulating the Perceived Crispness and Staleness of Potato Chips” Related 2013 Psychology: “Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beer Holder’: People Who Think They Are Drunk Also Think They Are Attractive” 2017 Anatomy: “Why Do Old Men Have Big Ears?” After using tools, the birds behave more optimistically, study suggestslast_img read more

2014 World Cup: Kwesi Appiah calls on all 32 nations to play ‘FAREWELL MATCHES’

first_imgGhana Coach, Kwesi Appiah says he hopes all 32 qualified nations that will play in this year’s World Cup will play farewell games before departing their various countries to Brazil where the World’s biggest sporting event will be held.The 2014 FIFA World Cup will kick off in Brazil on June 12th and will end on July 13th and Kwesi Appiah says the best way for all the participating countries to bid farewell to their home fans would be to play in the farewell games before making the trip to Brazil where some of the World’s best players will showcase their footballing talents for their various countries.In his interview with sportscrusader.com, Appiah who will be leading Ghana to its third straight World Cup appearance said the best possible thing that his team will give to Ghanaian soccer fans is to play in the farewell game with the selected players from Ghana’s local Leagues.“If I had my way I would have ensured that all qualified nations for the World Cup will play farewell games for their home fans before travelling for the Tournament”.“FIFA must consider this because it is the only true way to bid farewell to the fans you expect to stand behind you in the Tournament. I congratulate the organizers for putting this excellent idea together. We are all for it” he saidGhana’s Black Stars made up of Kwesi Appiah’s 26-man squad will on Friday 23rd May 2014 engage locally based players to be selected from Ghana’s Leagues in a match to be played at the Accra Sports Stadium. The game dubbed the FAREWELL MATCH is being put together by Primeval Media and the Ghana Football Association ad will be the first of its kind in Ghana.last_img read more

Past The Finishing Post

first_imgPast The Finishing PostTrack Good Weather: FineRace 1 1820 M (Purse $560,000)NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. #6 RAISING THE BAR HPottinger2 51.02. #7 TASHIE BABY AntThomas4 50.0 8L*3. #3 SWEET DIMENSION JPatterson2 52.0 Sh.Head4. #4 STERRI’S CHOICE JJackson 53.0 7/1 41/2WIN: $404.00PLACE: $173.00, $65.00, $404.00Final Time : 1:59.0 Splits : 27.0, 52.0, 1:17.2, 1:44.0Winner : 4yo b filly – MARKET RALLY – RUNIN ON EMPTYTrainer : ROHAN GORDON Owner : ROHAN GORDONBred by DAVID WILLERSQu: $2,034.00 Ex: $3,401.00Trifecta: $1,584.00WINNIE ANGLIN MEMORIAL CUPRace 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES1. #1 DON’T BLUSH BABE AntThomas4 54.02. #5 LAWS OF THE CODE HLewis 54.0 3-1/4L*3. #2 VICE ROYALTY ARobles 52.0 3/4L4. #6 EMPRESS CHEYENNE SEllis 53.5 2-1/2LLate scratch : #8 PRINCESS BRIANNAWIN: $166.00PLACE: $81.00, $94.00, $62.00Final Time : 1:01.0 Splits : 24.2, 48.0Winner : 2yo b filly – TWILIGHT TIME – HISHI BLOSSOMTrainer : NORMAN PALMER Owner : HAM STABLES LIMITED (COMPANY)Bred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $439.00 Ex: $487.00D/E: $1,316.00 (6-8) $234.00Superfecta: $488.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $500,000) 4-Y-O & UP(NW2)CLM($180,0)-START FOR $180,0 SINCE JUNE 1*1. #1 VALLEY OF QUEENS DDawkins2 51.02. #3 WICKED TUFF LSteadman2 53.5 6L3. #2 STAROFTHETOWN AndreePowell4 48.0 3/4L4. #8 BALA BAD GAL LINKS AChatrie 52.0 5LLate scratch : #4 GRAND TRAIN, #7 DANISH BROWNWIN: $71.00Final Time : 1:16.2 Splits : 23.4, 48.2Winner : 4yo filly – HE’STHEREALTHING – HONOR CODETrainer: ROBERT DARBY (SR) Owner : ROBERT A DARBY (SR)Bred by DR. ATHOL MORGANQu: $148.00 Ex: $123.00D/E : (1-1) $190.00Superfecta: $214.00Rolling Triple: $3,436.00Race 4 1200 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)*1. #1 CLEARLY OURS BebHarvey2 53.52. #8 BARS OF GOLD OWalker 57.0 1-3/43. #5 HE’STHEREAL LINKS RHalledeen 55.0 7L4. #4 COPPERFIELD LSteadman2 55.0 3/4LWIN: $107.00PLACE: $66.00, $83.00, 4351.00Final Time : 1:14.4 Splits : 23.2, 47.0Winner : 6yo b mare – STORM CRAFT – HEAR ME CLEARLYTrainer : GREGORY FORSYTH Owner : GREGORY FORSYTHBred by ROGER NEWMAN, MARK & SUSAN WATESQu: $211.00 Ex: $471.00D/E: $181.00Superfecta: $2,567.00Rolling Triple: $506.00GOVERNOR GENERAL’S STAKESRace 5 2000 M (Purse $1,200,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES1. #5 FRANFIELD BebHarvey2 51.5*2. #3 PERFECT NEIGHBOUR OWalker 56.0 4L3. #6 SUPERLUMINAL PFrancis 50.5 1-1/2L4. #4 TARANIS OEdwards2 50.0 8LWIN: $124.00Final Time : 2:08.3 Splits : 25.4, 53.0, 1:15.4, 1:39.3Winner : 5yo ch colt – TRADITIONAL – SUPA LEITrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : ELITE BLOODSTOCK LIMITEDBred by HERMINE & LEISHA METCALFEQu: $97.00 Ex: $210.00D/E: $367.00Trifecta: $61.00Rolling Triple: $294.00Race 6 1600 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. #7 OUR CREATION DDawkins2 53.02. #3 CHEERS JPatterson2 51.0 3L3. #1 JESSIE JAMES LSteadman2 54.0 Neck4. #8 BLESSEDNESS AChatrie 54.0 2-3/45. #2 NO MONEY FRIEND ARobles 55.0 2L6. #6 MINNIFFIA JJackson 52.0 4-1/2LLate scratch : #4 DOC HOLIDAYWIN: $170..00PLACE: $99.00, $116.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:41.0 Splits : 24.1, 47.0, 1:12.3Winner : 7yo gr horse – HE’STHEREALTHING – IBELIEVEITSOURSTrainer : ROBERT DARBY (SR) Owner: MICHAEL A BEECHAMBred by TREVOR BROWNQu: $589.00 Ex: $1,476.00D/E: $686.00 (5-4) $105.00Trifecta: $683.00Hit-6: $69,667.00Rolling Triple: $2,470.00Super-6: $37,731.00Race 7 1600 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #4 UNRULY TEXAS DDawkins2 50.0*2. #7 FIERY PATH BebHarvey2 52.5 4L3. #6 FREE RANGE ARobles 53.0 7L4. #5 QUEENOFSAINTROSE JErwin 53.5 4LWIN: $359.00PLACE: $101.00, $66.00, $88.00Final Time : 1:41.3 Splits : 24.3, 48.0, 1:12.4,Winner : 4yo b filly – WAR MARSHALL – WILD FIRETrainer : MICHAEL MCINTOSH Owner : TEXAS CREWBred by RENTALS & MORE LTD.Qu: $804.00 Ex: $1,361.00D/E : (7-4) $1,229.00Trifecta: $1,757.00Rolling Triple: $5,914.00Pick-4: $19,468.00Race 8 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #1 ZEEGAR RHalledeen 54.02. #4 SHARP SKIRT JInnis3 49.0 7L*3. #3 PRINCE KAMALI JPatterson2 52.0 1-1/2L4. #9 TOP EAGLE RLahoe 54.0 2-3/4L5. #7 CLASSY BUTCHER ARobles 52.0 NeckWIN: $263.00PLACE: $115.00, $100.00, $66.00Final Time : 1:00.4 Splits : 23.3, 47.3Winner : 3yo ch colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – ‘S MARVELOUSTrainer : FITZNAHUM WILLIAMS Owner: GOLDEN STABLESBred by CLAYON ROWEQu: $1,942.00 Ex: $2,924.00D/E: $3,670.00Trifecta: $2,065.00Hi-5: $4,961.00Rolling Triple: $16,820.00Race 9 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. #2 BAY COMMANDER DDawkins2 49.02. #6 WARTIME HPottinger2 50.5 3-1/2L3. #3 GOLDEN GLORY AChatrie 51.0 1-3/4L*4. #4 JDA JInnis3 49.0 3-1/2L5. #7 GLYDER CBudhai 50.5 1-3/4LWIN: $569.00PLACE: $153.00, $102.00, $87.00Final Time : 1:32.4 Splits : 23.3, 46.2, 1:12.1,Winner : 3yo b colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – MISS FINANCIATrainer : FITZNAHUM WILLIAMS Owner : GOLDEN STABLESBred by CLAYON ROWEQu: $3,485.00 Ex: $11,983.00D/E: $1,314.00Trifecta: $6,645.00Hi-5: $15,262.00Rolling Triple: $37,751.00PlacePot 8: $40,353.00ERROL “BIG SUB” SUBRATIE MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 10 1600 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. #1 BLUE DIXIE PFrancis 50.02. #2 TYPEWRITER AChatrie 56.0 1/2L*3. #7 PINELOPE DDawkins2 49.0 1/2L4. #5 TIMEFORARMS BebHarvey2 53.0 5-1/2LLate scratch : #4 ORIGINAL TRAINWIN: $265.00PLACE: $77.00, $59.00, $57.00Final Time : 1:37.0 Splits : 23.2, 46.3, 1:10.2Winner : 3yo b filly – SKY MESA – DIXIELAND BULLTrainer: GARY SUBRATIE Owner : MICDON RACINGBred by CAROLE & JOHN RIO, MIKE SIDO & DR. LAURA SUROVI SIVOQu: $415.00 Ex: $961.00D/E: $9,452.00Superfecta: $844.00Rolling Triple: $41,035.00Race 11 1600 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #1 DILIGENT ARobles 54.02. #6 CORALANDO ISpence 54.0 3-1/2L3. #10 MAJOR FORCE AntThomas4 50.0 7-1/2L4. #5 LATE N DRAFTY DDawkins2 50.0 1-1/45. #7 BROOKLYN PFrancis 52.0 1-1/2LWIN: $336.00PLACE: $147.00, $108.00, $166.00Final Time : 1:40.3 Splits : 24.4, 48.2, 1:13.3Winner : 3yo b colt – FEARLESS VISION – BACHELOR OF ARTSTrainer : PATRICK LYNCH Owner: PATRICK LYNCHBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $566.00 Ex: $614.00D/E: $2,178.00Trifecta: $1,417.00Hi-5: $77,189.00Rolling Triple: $66,795.00Pick-4: $166,292.00 (4/4)Super-6: $163,077.60 (5/6)Carry-over : $1,467,699.18Pick-9: $14,156.00 (7/9); $277.50 (6/9)Carry-over : $1, 806,055.60last_img read more

Mourinho in hot water for ‘improper’ rant

first_img0Shares0000Jose MourinhoLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 16 – The English FA have charged Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho for ‘improper’ remarks he made into a camera after his side’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United.Mourinho came into the game under immense pressure with some newspaper outlets claiming that he would be sacked after the encounter, regardless of the result at Old Trafford. United were trailing Newcastle 2-0 at half-time but fought back to eventually clinch a 3-2 win in a dramatic turnaround for the hosts.Mourinho was allegedly caught on camera at the end of the game using some unacceptable language, and has until October 19 to respond to the FA’s charge.“Jose Mourinho has been charged following Manchester United’s game against Newcastle United on October 6, 2018,” read an FA statement.“It is alleged that his language at the end of the fixture, as captured by the broadcast footage, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more