For those interested in the humorous side of science, this year's Ig Noble prizes have been announced - with the prize for physics being for biomechanics research (most likely based on data collected during ISB 2003 when congress attendees were seen slipping off the sidewalks!):

PHYSICS PRIZE: Lianne Parkin, Sheila Williams, and Patricia Priest of the University of Otago, New Zealand, for demonstrating that, on icy footpaths in wintertime, people slip and fall less often if they wear socks on the outside of their shoes.
REFERENCE: "Preventing Winter Falls: A Randomised Controlled Trial of a Novel Intervention," Lianne Parkin, Sheila Williams, and Patricia Priest, New Zealand Medical Journal. vol. 122, no, 1298, July 3, 2009, pp. 31-8.

A complete list of prizes is given at:

Brian L. Davis, Ph.D
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Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron
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