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한줄상식: 이그노벨상은 “비정상 적인 것을 기념하고 상상력을 예우하며 과학, 의학, 기술에 대한 사람들의 관심을 불러일으키기 위해” 만들어졌으며 올해로 29회를 맞았다. 9월에 열리는 시상식에는 진짜 노벨상 수상자들이 나와 시상을 한다.

 

silly 어리석은 / awards ceremony 시상식 / experiment 실험 / launch 시작하다 / honor 영광을 주다 / unusual 특이한 / parody 패러디 / prestigious 명망 있는 / applaud 성원하다, 박수를 보내다 / think outside the box 새로운 관점에서 생각하다 / comical 재미있는 / protect 지키다, 보호하다 / illness / examine 실험하다, 조사하다 / disgusting 역겨운, 불쾌한 / turn out 판명되다 / currency 통화, 화폐 / diaper-changing 기저귀 교체 / saliva / achievement 업적 / laureate 수상자 / hand out 주다

 

For Discussion :What could be good about silly science experiments?


 

Science can be a lot of fun, but sometimes, it can also be extremely funny. Every September, an awards ceremony takes place to put a little humor into scientific experiments.

The Ig Nobel Prize was launched in 1991 to honor the unusual in science, medicine, and technology. In many ways, it began as a parody of the prestigious Nobel Prize. However, it has also been applauded for celebrating people who think outside the box.

The winners of the Ig Nobel Prize are chosen every year by a U.S. science magazine. The award-winning experiments are real and serious scientific works, but at the same time, they are also comical.

For example, this year’s winners included a team of scientists who learned that pizza made and eaten in Italy protects against illnesses better. Another team of scientists examined which country’s paper money was the most disgusting. It turned out Romanian money had the most bacteria, followed by U.S. currency.

An engineer from Iran was given a prize for building a diaper-changing machine. Meanwhile, a scientific team from Japan studied the average amount of saliva produced by a five-year-old child.

“These are achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think,” said an Ig Nobel Prize official.

On September 12, an awards ceremony for the Ig Nobel Prize took place at Harvard University in the United States. The ceremony began with audience members throwing paper airplanes in the air. Then, real Nobel Prize laureates came up on stage to hand out the awards and congratulate the winners.


 

▪ Talk!! Talk!!

1. How do you find Science? Explain your answer.

2. Among the example of scientific experiment winners in the article, which do you think is interesting? Why

3. What was the last Science experiment you had in your school? Tell something about it.

4. Share the latest Science experiment in your country? What is it all about?

5. If you can make a Science experiment, what would it be and why?