japan wins ig nobel prize improbable research

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.

For more details, refer to:

Japanese researchers claim Ig Nobel for comparing slime mold to Tokyo rail network
October 1, 2010 | The Tokyo Reporter

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4 thoughts on “Japan wins igNobel Prize for SLIME MOLD SOLVING TOKYO TRAIN ROUTING!”

  1. http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/09/30/genius-goofball-ig-nobel-awards/

    Japanese among Ig Nobel winners for slime-inspired transport plan

    CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – A group of Japanese and British researchers were among this year’s winners of the spoof Ig Nobel Prize on Thursday for using slime molds for determining the optimal routes for railroad tracks.

    Toshiyuki Nakagaki, professor at the Department of Complex Systems at Future University Hakodate, Atsushi Tero, researcher at the Japan Science and Technology Agency, and Ryo Kobayashi, professor at the Graduate School of Science, Hiroshima University, shared the prize with four other Japanese and two British scholars.

    “It’s a great way of getting some public interest in science in a very accessible format,” Fricker told FoxNews.com. “That’s quite a challenge nowadays because lots of areas are very complex, so to present it in an entertaining fashion while be grounded in very real science is quite an achievement.”

    “Our work showed that even simple organisms like slime molds have things to teach us,” he said.

  2. This has genuinely sparked up an idea in my slime brain. This really is a superbsubmitslime.

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