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Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Upside-down rhino research wins Ig Nobel Prize
The Ig Nobel Prize is a prize awarded annually to celebrate ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research. It aims to honor achievements that first make people laugh and then make them think. The prizes are presented by Nobel laureates in a ceremony at Harvard University, though this year’s event was held online because of the Covid restrictions. The 2021 Ig Nobel award winners include an experiment that hung rhinos upside down to see the effects on them, an economic study as to if the obesity of a country’s politicians affects the country’s corruption, and experiments to learn why pedestrians sometimes collide with others. If any of these sounds funny, you may want to think about it again a little seriously why and how such research was made. You may find it quite interesting.
Enjoy reading and learning about this year’s Ig Noble Prize-winning researches.