14 September 2018

The winners of the Nobel Prize have been announced

Harm from cannibalism and kidney treatment on slides

Maya Selezneva, L!FE

In the USA, for the 28th time, the main anti–scientific award was presented - the Nobel Prize. The ceremony was held at Harvard University, where the laureates were awarded statuettes, diplomas and ten trillion Zimbabwean dollars each.


In this nomination, the prize went to scientists from the University of Michigan, David Worthinger and Mark Mitchell, who suggested getting rid of kidney stones on a roller coaster, claiming that this method is effective in 70% of cases.

For the experiments, they took kidney models containing a total of 174 stones. With them, scientists rode roller coasters at Disneyland for several days, which gave their results. It is noted that the most effective method is for those who sit in the last car of the train (64%), in the first car the efficiency is only 16%.

Reproductive technologies

The laureates were scientists from the University of Oregon, who proposed to diagnose male impotence with the help of postage stamps. To do this, you need to glue four postage stamps into a strip, then wrap it around the penis at rest. In the event that the ring is torn in the morning, it means that the patient had an erection at night, and his diagnosis is of a mental nature.

Medical education

The prize was awarded to the Japanese doctor Akira Horiuchi, who learned how to perform a colonoscopy sitting – examination of the surface of the colon with an endoscope. To do this, you need to sit on a chair in front of the monitor, holding the endoscope remote control in your right hand. With the left hand, according to the doctor, you need to try to insert the device into the anus.

Healthy eating

In this nomination, the Nobel Prize went to the Briton James Cole from the University of Brighton, who proved that cannibalism negatively affects the physical condition of a person. He found out that the caloric content of the muscles and internal organs of hominids, including homo sapiens, is significantly lower than the caloric content of wild animal meat. In addition, human tissues have a lower nutrient content.


Swedish scientists from the University of London have found out that people during visits to zoos spontaneously copy the movements and facial expressions of monkeys with the same frequency as animals copy human ones. At the same time, first of all, we are talking about clapping, kissing and punching glass.


This nomination was also won by researchers from Sweden, who discovered new human taste possibilities. Seven professional sommeliers took part in the experiment, who were given to drink wine with flies for several days. It turned out that if the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster is lowered into a glass, and then quickly removed, the taste of insects can still be recognized. According to scientists, people are able to identify the pheromones released by flies.


Portuguese scientists have discovered the incredible cleaning properties of saliva. When trying to wash the contaminated gilded statues of the XVI century, it was with the help of saliva that the best results were achieved. In terms of efficiency, it was ahead of white spirit, isooctane diluted with ammonia, as well as toluene. Scientists explain the results obtained by the content of the enzyme alpha-amylase in saliva.


The award in this nomination was received by Canadians from Wilfrid Laurier University, who invited students to torture toy copies of their unloved scientific supervisors. 352 people took part in a kind of voodoo experiment, who carried out their "tortures" in a special computer program. This gave positive results: relief of subordinates being bullied by their superiors and improvement of the atmosphere in the work collective.

Peace Prize

The Nobel Prize in this nomination went to Spanish researchers from the University of Valencia. They studied the screams and swearing exchanged by drivers. After analyzing more than a thousand cases of aggressive behavior on the roads, experts came to the conclusion that people who are under stress swear more often and more eloquently. In some cases, however, the level of aggression also depends on the personal characteristics of road users.


Shnobelevka went to Australia. After conducting a survey, scientists from the Queensland University of Technology found that almost no one reads the instructions for gadgets and electrical appliances. 170 people took part in the survey, most of whom stated that they would learn about the capabilities and functions of the devices already in the process of use. Among those who still sometimes turn to instructions, mostly older people, mostly men. It is also noted that graduates of higher educational institutions and holders of scientific degrees ignore the instructions.

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