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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

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.