Volkswagen Receives A Prestigious Prize For Science… Kind Of

Volkswagen Receives A Prestigious Prize For Science… Kind Of

It’s probably an understatement to say it hasn’t been a terrific 12 months for Volkswagen.

Finally though, there’s some good news, as the scientific community has come together to celebrate the beleaguered carmaker’s achievements. In a way.

The Ig Nobel prizes are awarded annually at Harvard a week before the ‘proper’ Nobel prize and laud research that is improbable, strange or fundamentally useless. Or, in the famous words of Jurassic Park’s Dr Ian Malcolm:

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Previous winners have included individuals who’ve researched how painful various types of insect stings and bites are (by being stung and bitten by them), the phenomenon of contagious yawning in tortoises, the creation of an auditory repellant device to keep teenagers away and for measuring exactly how slippery banana skins are when trodden on.

The prizes are awarded by real Nobel laureates and someone’s even won both a Nobel and an Ig Nobel, so while they might seem silly, the awards really are an integral part of the science world.

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We are delighted, therefore, to report that Volkswagen has been given the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Specifically, according to the Improbable Research website that created and runs the Ig Nobel awards:

for solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions by automatically, electromechanically producing fewer emissions whenever the cars are being tested.

You know you’ve hit rock bottom when even the nerds are putting the boot in…

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