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Official Webcasters Of 1999 Ig. Nobel Awards

Biomednet.Coms Hms Beagle And Chemweb.Coms Alchemist Official Webcasters Of 1999 Ig. Nobel Awards

The Alchemist and HMS Beagle are the official webcasters of the 1999 Ig Nobel Prizes. They will be broadcasting the ceremony, held at Harvard University on September 30th , 7.30pm Boston time, live on the Internet at

The Ig Nobel Awards are a spoof of the Nobel Prizes, intended to celebrate the unusual, honour the imaginative, and spur people's interest in science. The Prize Ceremony rewards ten individuals whose achievements "cannot or should not be reproduced." At the Ceremony, 1200 spectators watch the winners receive their Prizes, handed to them by genuinely bemused genuine Nobel Laureates. Previous winners of the Ig Nobel Prizes include:

MEDICINE: Carl J.Charnetski and Francis X.Brennan, Jr, of Wilkes University, and James F. Harrison of Seattle, Washington, for their discovery that listening to elevator Muzak stimulates immunoglobulin A (IgA) production, and thus may help prevent the common cold.

BIOLOGY Anders Barheim and Hogne Sandvik of the University of Bergen, Norway, for their report, Effect of Ale, Garlic and soured cream on the Appetite of leeches.

PEACE: Jacques Chirac, President of France, for commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Hiroshima with atomic bomb tests in the Pacific.

The event is produced by the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), the international science humor magazine. AIR chronicles both genuine and concocted research from the world's most remarkable scientists and science writers.

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The Alchemist ( is the webzine of, the virtual community for chemists. It offers members daily news reports from around the world, an education column, reviews of top chemistry websites, and conference reporting.

The BioMedNet webzine HMS Beagle ( is an online-only publication updated biweekly for an audience of biomedical scientists. It provides daily news digests, opinions and commentary, meetings coverage, debates, Website and software reviews, fiction, and much more.

Liz Rawlings, Managing Editor of The Alchemist, commented, " is delighted to host the webcast of the spoof which is the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. Accustomed as we are to publicizing serious scientific achievements, it will be great fun to make these ludicrous results available to an international audience, on the Internet."

At HMS Beagle we always strive to be interesting and provocative about science, added Beagles Editor-in-Chief Lois Wingerson. This dovetails perfectly with the goals of the Annals of Improbable Research, which is our strategic partner in humour, and also, of course, with the Ig Nobel prizes. We are honored to bring this event to a wider audience.

BioMedNet is the Internet Community for Biological and Medical Researchers that currently has over 470,000 registered members from around the world. For more information visit

ChemWeb, Inc. produces, the online "club" for the world's chemistry researchers. Details of other news can be found at rpage.html


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