In 2008, the launch of the Kung Fu Panda© film series kicked off a series of opportunities for in-depth academic study across the globe. Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of progress in Kung Fu Panda studies over the last ten years or so : • Kung Fu Panda: Animated Animal Bodies as Layered Sites of […]
Panda poo research: Building on the Ig-winning work?
Newly announced American research on panda feces seems to echo the research (this and this) that garnered the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize in biology for Fumiaki Taguchi, Song Guofu, and Zhang Guangle [see photo below of Prof. Taguchi accepting the Ig Nobel Prize; photo by Alexey Eliseev]. The news reports we’ve seen don’t say whether the new […]
Ig Nobel acceptance speech: Panda feces
A highlight from the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony [AIR 15:6]: Biology Prize acceptance speech [for demonstrating that kitchen refuse can be reduced more than 90% in mass by using bacteria extracted from the feces of giant pandas] Fumiaki Taguchi: “Chair, respectable Nobel Laureates, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen: Firstly, let me tell you that I […]
Interview with panda poo researcher
Because hydrogen is an explosive gas, to do large-scale testing Taguchi needs to get permission from the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. And to date, the agency has denied him that permission, citing as the reason: “We haven’t given such permission before.” However, with his Ig Nobel Prize, the professor hopes there will now be […]