Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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I know this is a little late, but the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize for Public Health Prize was awarded to Dr. Elena Bodnar for her invention of a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to a needy bystander of her choice. Her acceptance speech is absolutely hilarious (which is the reason I am sharing this with you today), and she also demonstrates the usefulness of her brassiere on Nobel laureates Wolfgang Ketterle, Orhan Pamuk, and Paul Krugman.

Dr. Elena Bodnar can be contacted at the Trauma Risk Management Research Institute. Read more about her brassiere at the US Patent Office and you can learn more about the IgNobel Prizes at the Journal for Improbable Research.


  1. #1 Ian Paulsen
    July 13, 2010

    Just what small-breasted needed: another reason to feel self-conscious! They can’t even be much help in an emergency.

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