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The Most Coveted Award in Science...the Ig Nobels

The 2007 Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine goes to Brian Witcombe and Dan Meyer for their British Medical Journal article on the side effects of sword swallowing. The biology winner, Johanna van Bronswijk, received her awards for a series of papers tallying all the organisms that dwell in bedding. Other winners studied the extraction of vanillin from cow dung, if rats could differentiate between a person speaking Japanese from a person speaking Dutch, and created a device to stop bank robbers by releasing a net over them.

GTO is guessing that sword swallowing can get pretty messy — we don't even want to think about what lives in mattresses.

 

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.