… the creators of an “invisibility cloak” that can make a cat vanish into thin air and a goldfish disappear from a tank.
The award — one of many recognizing a range of silly achievements in science in the last year — was won by a team from Zhejiang University for their glass creation that cost less than US$15 to make, according to the organizer.
The announcement was made in Hangzhou Saturday in an event that also recognized amusing “advances” in math, biology and medicine, psychology, physiology, physics, chemistry, and invention and imagination.
The awards, launched in 2012 to help popularize science, are organized by the Zhejiang Science Museum and mainland science website Guokr.com, and were inspired by the American Ig Nobel Prizes. All the nominees were Chinese.
Other big winners this year included the builders of an all-terrain mechanical donkey, the researchers who confirmed that just like many men male fruit flies prefer young female mates, and the writers of a paper that claimed that the earlier a child begins to lie the smarter he/she is.
Li Miao, a judge and president of the Astronomy and Space Science Research Institute at Sun Yat-sen University, said entries have to be serious ideas and based on sound science but also capable of generating public interest, Xinhua reported.
Prizes have been awarded in the past for the finding that counting money can relieve pain, the discovery that Chinese workers can recognize their boss’s face faster than Americans and Europeans can, and a chemical explanation for why chicken soup tastes best in a ceramic bowl.
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