Ig Nobel winner / cockroach magnetizer is guest of honor at the Vienna Science Ball

The Ig Nobel cockroaches—Herbert Crepaz won the 2019 Ig Nobel prize in the category biology, honouring achievements that make people laugh, and then think. The Austrian quantum physicist, who works at the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore, discovered that dead magnetized cockroaches behave differently than living magnetized cockroaches. Crepaz has developed a highly precise magnetometer, which he wants to apply to interesting questions. And quantum effects may play a role in biological systems, such as magnetoreception – a sense present in many animals, but so far not understood. Crepaz is guest of honour at this year’s Ball of Sciences….

Details are in Das Ballmagazin 2020 | Wiener Ball der Wissenschaften 2021—the official magazine of the Vienna Science Ball. [You can download and read the entire magazine. (It’s written in German. The text in this blog-posted is machine-translated.]

The magazine also reports:

The science ball is closely related to the Ig Nobel Prize. In 2015, the founder Marc Abrahams was the first guest of honor to meet at the ball. In his short lecture at midnight he spoke about Vienna’s sciences and their impact on the world.

The Austrian anthropologist Elisabeth Oberzaucher, who is now a member of the science cabaret group Science Busters, also received the Ig Nobel Prize the following year – and entered the arena as a ball ambassador. Oberzaucher received her award for an investigation through which they have the legendary joy of procreation of a Moroccan sultan. This is said to have 888 children have fathered man. That works out – with sex twice a day.