The Scottish Wasabi Fire Alarm

The National Museum of Scotland includes in its vast collection this item, number T.2012.28: Description Fire alarm for waking deaf people by nasal irritation with synthesized wasabi, awarded 2011 Ig Nobel prize in chemistry, designed by Makoto Imai, Naoki Urushihata, Hideki Tanemura, Yukinobu Tajima, Hideaki Goto, Koichiro Mizoguchi and Junichi Murakami, Japan, 2012 Inventor Makoto Imai himself […]

Tokyo Press Conference: The Wasabi Alarm

An historically pungent press conference occurred at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on October 26. Several of the co-inventors of the wasabi alarm, joined by several of their business associates, discussed the importance of their work and the import of being awarded the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize in chemistry. [The prize was awarded, […]

A look at the Wasabi fire alarm (Chemistry Prize)

Here’s a BBC News report about the wasabi fire alarm, whose inventors received the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize in chemistry. The photo below (by Alexey Eliseev / Improbable Research) shows Makoto Imai (center) and one of his co-inventors (several others also attended the ceremony) at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, receiving their Ig Nobel Prize from Nobel laureate Roy […]