An interrupting machine, the reason ponytails bounce and brainy dead fish: welcome to the 2012 Ig Nobel awards for weird and wonderful science

I would assume that super villains would be lining up for the Shut up! Speech jammer assuming it has been mass produced (cost is not an issue, since most of these baddies tend to have a vast savings account, or they could always rob a bank) in order to stop the likes of Deadpool and Spiderman, two characters from the Marvel Comics universe who have the gift of the gab and tend to irritate the heck out of their opponents during battle through some verbose repartee. Well, how does the Shut up! Speech jammer work? For starters, the Shut up! Speech jammer will disrupt a person’s speech by repeating his or her own voice after a delay of a few hundred milliseconds. This Japan-made device picked up the Ig Nobel gong for the year, which is an award that is sponsored by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine for weird and humorous scientific discoveries. The echo effect is said to be extremely annoying, so much so that it should be able to get the job done to stop someone from talking and giving othe

An interrupting machine, the reason ponytails bounce and brainy dead fish: welcome to the 2012 Ig Nobel awards for weird and wonderful science

For anyone who's ever been tired of listening to someone drone on and on and on, two Japanese researchers have the answer.

Fri 21 Sep 12 from The Independent

Shut up! Speech jammer among 2012 Ig Nobel winners

For anyone who's ever been tired of listening to someone drone on and on and on, two Japanese researchers have the answer.

Fri 21 Sep 12 from Phys.org

Ig Nobel honours ponytail physics

Physicists who came up with an equation to predict the shape of a ponytail earn themselves a sppof Nobel.

Fri 21 Sep 12 from BBC News

Swinging ponytails and sloshing coffee win IgNobels

IGNOBELS 2012: Why ponytails sway from side to side, how to avoid spilling your coffee have received recognition at this year's IgNobel Prizes.

Thu 20 Sep 12 from ABC Science

The Statistical Physics Of Ponytails And Other Ig Nobel Winners

Ponytail Flickr/mhiguera Science is our key to unlocking the mysteries of the universe, and also occasionally the key to unlocking the brain waves of dead salmon. Thus: another year, another ...

Fri 21 Sep 12 from Popular Science

Dead Fish, Exploding Bowels Win Spoof Nobel Prizes

The Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony awards scientists for a range of hilarious contributions this year, from a discovery of brain activity in dead salmon to the cure for exploding colons.

Fri 21 Sep 12 from Livescience

Ig Nobels reward US Government Accountability Office

Well, it's that time of year again, when the most interesting scientific research - as opposed to the most important or useful - is rewarded. Yes, the Ig Nobel prizes were dished ...

Fri 21 Sep 12 from TG Daily

Shut up! Speech jammer disrupts speech, sounds like a cool device

I would assume that super villains would be lining up for the Shut up! Speech jammer assuming it has been mass produced (cost is not an issue, since most of these baddies tend to have ...

Thu 20 Sep 12 from Ubergizmo

A report about reports about reports? Yep, at this year's Ig Nobel awards

A U.S. government agency has earned a literature prize for issuing a report about reports about reports -- and concluding that a new report ought to be prepared to sum it all up.

Thu 20 Sep 12 from FOXNews

Ig Nobels honour dead salmon's 'brain activity' in improbable research awards

Why you spill coffee if you walk around with a cup and why leaning to the left makes the Eiffel Tower seem smallerWhen a team of scientists decided to work out the complex mathematics that control ...

Thu 20 Sep 12 from Guardian.co.uk

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