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Engineering prize

The task of monitoring dangerous bugs in whales at sea is a formidable one. Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse and others at the Institute of Zoology in London developed a way to collect fluids ejected from whales' blowholes by attaching petri dishes to the underside of small, remote-controlled helicopters and hovering them overhead.


Public health prize

Awarded to Manuel Barbeito at the Industrial Health and Safety Office in Maryland for scientific studies that found microbes cling to beards, making more hirsute men a potential laboratory hazard <<<<<This means you Joeh!!!


And I'm sure Fruit Bats have earned a special place in the hearts of the Lounge...
 

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I always forget that they're coming up until too late- I could go see them in person pretty easily :(
 

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This is fairly amusing:

Chemistry prize

For research in 2005 that overturned the long-held belief that oil and water do not mix, the prize was awarded to Eric Adams at MIT and others, including researchers at BP.

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Really hoping this doesnt start a trend


Physics prize

Awarded to Lianne Parkin and her team at the University of Otago in New Zealand for demonstrating that people are less likely to slip over on icy footpaths if they wear their socks outside their shoes instead of inside.
 

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CdaleNut said:
Really hoping this doesnt start a trend


Physics prize

Awarded to Lianne Parkin and her team at the University of Otago in New Zealand for demonstrating that people are less likely to slip over on icy footpaths if they wear their socks outside their shoes instead of inside.

Funny you should mention this. There's a trail that run through a stream in Dupont State Forest. The green slime is so slippery that it's very difficult to ride over without falling, especially in times of swift water conditions. If you take your shoes off but leave your socks on, you have plenty of traction. Bizarre.
 

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Jim311 said:
Funny you should mention this. There's a trail that run through a stream in Dupont State Forest. The green slime is so slippery that it's very difficult to ride over without falling, especially in times of swift water conditions. If you take your shoes off but leave your socks on, you have plenty of traction. Bizarre.

That's why they make felt soles for waders- wait- you mean if you ride in socks you have better traction?
 
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