• 1. ENGINEERING

    Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse, Agnes Rocha-Gosselin and Diane Gendron for developing a method to collect whale snot using a remote control helicopter.

  • 2. MEDICINE

    Simon Rietveld, Ilja van Beest for investigating asthma on a rollercoaster.

  • 3. TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

    Toshiyuki Nakagaki, Atsushi Tero, Seiji Takagi, Tetsu Saigusa, Kentaro Ito, Kenji Yumiki, Ryo Kobayashi, Dan Bebber, Mark Fricker for using slime mold to determine the optimal routes for railroad tracks.

  • 4. PHYSICS

    Lianne Parkin, Sheila Williams and Patricia Priest for demonstrating that wearing socks on the outside of your shoes helps prevent slipping on ice.

  • 5. PEACE

    Richard Stephens, John Atkins and Andrew Kingston for confirming that swearing helps relieve pain.

  • 6. PUBLIC HEALTH

    Manuel Barbeito, Charles Mathews and Larry Taylor for determining that microbes cling to bearded scientists.

  • 7. ECONOMICS

    The executives and directors of Goldman Sachs, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and Magnetar for creating and promoting new ways to invest money that maximize financial gain and minimize financial risk.

  • 8. CHEMISTRY

    Eric Adams, Scott Socolofsky and Stephen Masutani for disproving the belief that water and oil don’t mix.

  • 9. MANAGEMENT

    Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda and Cesare Garofalo for demonstrating mathematically that organizations would become more efficient if promotions were made at random.

  • 10. BIOLOGY

    Libiao Zhang, Min Tan, Guangjian Zhu, Jianping Ye, Tiyu Hong, Shanyi Zhou, Shuyi Zhang of China and Gareth Jones for scientifically documenting fruit bat fellatio.