Chili Pepper Consumption and Mortality in Italian Adults

In the wake of the Ig Nobel Prize-winning studies about whether eating Italian pizza in Italy might lengthen life, comes a new study about Italians who eat chili peppers: “Chili Pepper Consumption and Mortality in Italian Adults,” Marialaura Bonaccio, Augusto Di Castelnuovo, Simona Costanzo, Emilia Ruggiero, Amalia De Curtis, Mariarosaria Persichillo, Claudio Tabolacci, Francesco Facchiano, […]

Ig Nobel afternoon in Sicily Wednesday

Wednesday afternoon, the Ig Nobel EuroTour arrives in Catania, Sicily—featuring random promotion, roller-coaster-induced kidney-stone-passing, homosexual necrophiliac ducks, and all sorts of other prize-winning things that make people LAUGH, then THINK. April 3, Wednesday, 4:30 pm—University of Catania, Italy—at CSFNSM – Centro Siciliano di Fisica Nucleare e Struttura della Materia, via S. Sofia 64—Marc Abrahams will talk about […]

Evaluation of environmental impacts: The case of pasta

Think, if you will, of the pasta. This study demonstrates one way to begin doing that: “Evaluation of environmental impacts in the catering sector: The case of pasta,” Alessandra Fusi, Riccardo Guidetti, Adisa Azapagic, Journal of Cleaner Production, epub 2015. (Thanks to Tom Gill for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at Università degli Studi […]

Smelov’s investigation of HPV on toilet seats in international airports

Lead author Smelov and colleagues write, in this letter to a medical journal, about a careful investigation that may (and may not) have small or nonexistent implications: “Are human papillomavirus DNA prevalences providing high-flying estimates of infection? An international survey of HPV detection on environmental surfaces,” Vitaly Smelov [pictured here], Carina Eklund, Laila Sara Arroyo […]

Ig Nobel events in Italy

Join us for Ig Nobel events in Perugia and Rome, Italy: PERUGIA: Saturday, September 28, 9:00 pm. Perugia Science Fest, Sala di Notari. Science journalist Silvia Bencivelli will introduce and dialogue with Marc Abrahams. The evening features Ig Nobel Prize winners Alberto Minetti (new Italian Ig Nobel winner!) and Kees Moeliker (homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck). [PREVIEW] ROME: Tuesday, […]

The Assessed Un-idealness of Italian cardiologists

A new look at the habits and health prospects of some of the planet’s most glamorous medicos: “Cardiovascular Risk Profile and Lifestyle Habits in a Cohort of Italian Cardiologists (from the SOCRATES Survey),” Pier Luigi Temporelli, Giovanni Zito, Pompilio Faggiano, and the SOCRATES Investigators, American Journal of Cardiology, epub April 12, 2013.  The authors, at […]