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(Fox News)   So, apparently there's a Golden Goose award for science   (foxnews.com) divider line 14
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2012-09-17 03:58:44 PM
So apparently Palin was useful for something.
 
2012-09-17 04:09:10 PM
uh... at least one of those "eggs" won the Nobel prize. Seems more like frivolous awards than seemingly frivolous but fruitful research. C'mon... they have the Nobel. Do they really give a shiat about a Golden Goose award?
 
2012-09-17 04:26:46 PM
Doesn't the IgNobel do this very thing? Or is this just for things that seem silly but really are not - which, in today's anti-science climate would cover the same territory as other science awards.
 
2012-09-17 04:31:44 PM

DeaH: Doesn't the IgNobel do this very thing? Or is this just for things that seem silly but really are not - which, in today's anti-science climate would cover the same territory as other science awards.


This is actually a great award. For stuff that everyone "knew" was silly, but real research came after, and because of, it. Why do we care about studying some obscure coral? Because we can make better bone grafts if we know more about it.

Almost like knowledge for its own sake ends up being hugely beneficial. Who could have thought of such a thing?
 
2012-09-17 04:53:57 PM
DeaH,
Doesn't the IgNobel do this very thing? Or is this just for things that seem silly but really are not - which, in today's anti-science climate would cover the same territory as other science awards.


IgNobels tend to prefer the weird to creepy to WTF. Necrophiliac homosexual behavior in ducks, the velocity of pengin's bowel movements, even something like teaching an amoeba to work through a maze. Not that the research itself is pointless, but the questions asked would seem sketchy to a layperson.

This seems to be going for possibly more boring stuff that gets results.
 
2012-09-17 05:15:19 PM
Here's a better article about this.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/its-time-to-get-serious-about- s cience/2012/09/09/5b5c1472-f129-11e1-892d-bc92fee603a7_story.html

The point being, it's easy for grandstanding politicians to rouse popular outrage at grants awarded to frivolous-seeming research, in the absence of any context or understanding about the real scientific problem being tackled. But the fact is, the vast majority of research isn't frivolous at all, and scientists generally have genuinely important reasons for wanting to figure something out.
 
2012-09-17 05:27:29 PM

Enemabag Jones: DeaH,
Doesn't the IgNobel do this very thing? Or is this just for things that seem silly but really are not - which, in today's anti-science climate would cover the same territory as other science awards.

IgNobels tend to prefer the weird to creepy to WTF. Necrophiliac homosexual behavior in ducks, the velocity of pengin's bowel movements, even something like teaching an amoeba to work through a maze. Not that the research itself is pointless, but the questions asked would seem sketchy to a layperson.

This seems to be going for possibly more boring stuff that gets results.


IIRC the IgNobels are for things that make you laugh and then make you think.
 
2012-09-17 05:30:06 PM

Dr Dreidel: DeaH: Doesn't the IgNobel do this very thing? Or is this just for things that seem silly but really are not - which, in today's anti-science climate would cover the same territory as other science awards.

This is actually a great award. For stuff that everyone "knew" was silly, but real research came after, and because of, it. Why do we care about studying some obscure coral? Because we can make better bone grafts if we know more about it.



fark that!

I want bionics.

borgdotcom.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-09-17 06:08:34 PM
Who would appreciate coral bone grafts?
images.artwanted.com

It's (an) Enigma.
 
2012-09-17 06:15:40 PM
FTFA: The work was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NIH

The National Science Foundation isn't safe for what? Don't leave us hanging!
 
2012-09-17 07:48:21 PM

Enemabag Jones: DeaH,
Doesn't the IgNobel do this very thing? Or is this just for things that seem silly but really are not - which, in today's anti-science climate would cover the same territory as other science awards.

IgNobels tend to prefer the weird to creepy to WTF. Necrophiliac homosexual behavior in ducks, the velocity of pengin's bowel movements, even something like teaching an amoeba to work through a maze. Not that the research itself is pointless, but the questions asked would seem sketchy to a layperson.

This seems to be going for possibly more boring stuff that gets results.


They're covering research that was openly ridiculed at the time as being a waste of time and resources. It's the anti-Golden Fleece award.
 
2012-09-17 10:52:54 PM

StoPPeRmobile: Dr Dreidel: DeaH: Doesn't the IgNobel do this very thing? Or is this just for things that seem silly but really are not - which, in today's anti-science climate would cover the same territory as other science awards.

This is actually a great award. For stuff that everyone "knew" was silly, but real research came after, and because of, it. Why do we care about studying some obscure coral? Because we can make better bone grafts if we know more about it.


fark that!

I want bionics.

[borgdotcom.files.wordpress.com image 346x259]


I had the biggest crush on Lee Majors when I was 7 or 8 years old.
/I got over it.
 
2012-09-17 10:57:55 PM

chookbillion: StoPPeRmobile: Dr Dreidel: DeaH: Doesn't the IgNobel do this very thing? Or is this just for things that seem silly but really are not - which, in today's anti-science climate would cover the same territory as other science awards.

This is actually a great award. For stuff that everyone "knew" was silly, but real research came after, and because of, it. Why do we care about studying some obscure coral? Because we can make better bone grafts if we know more about it.


fark that!

I want bionics.

[borgdotcom.files.wordpress.com image 346x259]

I had the biggest crush on Lee Majors when I was 7 or 8 years old.
/I got over it.


Quoting myself, but I just realised that Lee Majors in that photo looks very much like my BF. Maybe I didn't get over it!!!!
Also, made me think of Young Frankenstein..."He was my BOYFRIEND!!!" , because I'm heading that way age-wise and goofy-wise.
 
2012-09-18 12:37:19 PM
No Silver Sow Award? Or even a Buckeye Newshawk Award? Phhft . . .
 
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