Japan takes the 2010 Ig Nobel Prize for TRANSPORTATION PLANNING: Toshiyuki Nakagaki, Atsushi Tero, Seiji Takagi, Tetsu Saigusa, Kentaro Ito, Kenji Yumiki, Ryo Kobayashi, Dan Bebber, Mark Fricker for using slime mold to determine the optimal routes for railroad tracks (via).
This is the SECOND igNobel win for Japanese team Nakagaki, Kobayashi, Tero et al—In 2008 they won the Ig Nobel Prize for COGNITIVE SCIENCE for discovering that slime molds can solve puzzles.
REFERENCE: “Intelligence: Maze-Solving by an Amoeboid Organism,” Toshiyuki Nakagaki, Hiroyasu Yamada, and Ágota Tóth, Nature, vol. 407, September 2000, p. 470.
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Japanese researchers claim Ig Nobel for comparing slime mold to Tokyo rail network
October 1, 2010 | The Tokyo Reporter