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Susanne Åkesson awarded Ig Nobel Prize 2016!

Yesterday evening, Susanne Åkesson together with an international team of physicists got the Ig Nobel physics prize for discovering why white-haired horses are the most horsefly-proof horses, and for discovering why dragonflies are fatally attracted to black tombstones.
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Ig Nobel Prize is awarded  yearly by the The Magazine: Annals of Improbable Research to ”improbable ”research.” Their goal is ”to make people laugh, then make them think. We also hope to spur people's curiosity, and to raise the question: How do you decide what's important and what's not, and what's real and what's not — in science and everywhere else?”

This is not the first time the Ig nobel prize is awarded researchers from the Biology department in Lund. In 2013, Marie Dacke, Eric Warrant och Emily Baird got the prize for discovering that when dung beetles get lost, they can navigate their way home by looking at the Milky Way.

Congratulations Susanne and collegues! We hope to be back with a comment from Susanne within short.

 

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PHYSICS PRIZE [HUNGARY, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND] — Gábor Horváth, Miklós Blahó, György Kriska, Ramón Hegedüs, Balázs Gerics, Róbert Farkas, Susanne Åkesson, Péter Malik, and Hansruedi Wildermuth, for discovering why white-haired horses are the most horsefly-proof horses, and for discovering why dragonflies are fatally attracted to black tombstones.

REFERENCE: "An Unexpected Advantage of Whiteness in Horses: The Most Horsefly-Proof Horse Has a Depolarizing White Coat," Gábor Horváth, Miklós Blahó, György Kriska, Ramón Hegedüs, Balázs Gerics, Róbert Farkas and Susanne Åkesson, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, vol. 277 no. 1688, pp. June 2010, pp. 1643-1650.

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