Prize-winning Duck Biologist Quacks at Rotterdam Ban on Feeding Bread to Ducks

The city of Rotterdam plans to prohibit people from feeding bread to ducks. The news organization NRC reports, on April 7, 2022, about the pushback on that, especially from the city’s most eminent duck biologist. Here is a machine translation (into English) of that report: Doubts in Rotterdam about the usefulness of the ban on […]

Ig Nobel Prize winner Berdimuhamedow replaced as Turkmenistan President by Berdimuhamedow

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, co-winner of the 2020 Ig Nobel Prize for Medical Education, has stepped down as President of Turkmenistan, replaced by his son, according to an official government announcement and news reports. Caspian News reports: Serdar Berdimuhamedow Wins Turkmenistan’s Presidential Election The son of incumbent President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow has won snap presidential elections in Turkmenistan. […]

Secrets in the Scat

Yes, the wombat-cubical-poo acceptance speech at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony does get a moment in the sun in the NOVA television documentary “Secrets in the Scat.” NOVA describes the episode this way: “Scott Burnett is ‘Scatman’—an Australian ecologist on the trail of the secrets of poop. By identifying and analyzing animal scat for DNA […]