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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Your tax dollars advance science!

My alma mater is in the news for some scientific research. Ben Wilson, a researcher at the University of B.C.'s Bamfield Marine Science Centre has won an Ig Nobel prize for his accidental discovery that herring eject air from their swimbladder in a way that sounds like er, um, passing wind.

(If you want to hear for yourself, check out this <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn4343"> New Scientist story </a> from shortly after the discovery, complete with wav file.

"It turns out that a fish ejecting air from the swimbladder via a tube near the anus, to the world's press at least, is near enough a [four letter slang word] and therefore hot news," Wilson tells the latest issue of <I>Trek</I>, UBC's alumni magazine, "They slavered down the phone like starved dogs."

Posted by Rick Hiebert on March 8, 2005 in Science | Permalink

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