Episode 10

Published on:

19th Oct 2020

Medicinal rollercoasters and life-saving bras - It's the Ig Nobel Prizes with Marc Abrahams

I spoke to Marc Abrahams, founder of the barmy-but-brilliant Ig Nobel Prizes – which every year honour discoveries which make people laugh and then think.

But don't confuse this with simply poking fun at science - it's clear that Marc ultimately cares deeply about tweaking the publics interest in science, medicine and technology. He just thinks that using humour is the best way to do this... and who could disagree? With former prize winners including the inventor of a bra that turns into a face mask, the team behind work on why wombats do square poo, the medic who figured out which rollercoasters are best for dislodging kidney stones and many, many more – he is clearly on to something.

We spoke, among other things, about the prize itself, why it is important, why science is taught wrongly and why surprise is key to all this.

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Laboratory News
The sharpest thinkers talk science - how it shapes our understanding and how we can improve it
From narwhal song to Bose-Einstein condensates and from pandemics to artificial intelligence - I track down the most interesting science and talk to those behind the research. I want to explore how science shapes our understanding of the universe around us, the challenges we face as we conduct that science and how we might go about improving it.


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Phil Prime

One time Editor of Laboratory News magazine, now attempting to bring you the very best science in podcast form.