"A team at the Kitasato University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Sagamihara won the [Ig Nobel] biology prize for "demonstrating that kitchen refuse can be reduced more than 90 percent in mass by using bacteria extracted from the feces of giant pandas."
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN:
A Japanese and two Chinese researchers who developed a method to cut kitchen waste by using bacteria from giant panda poop were awarded the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize for Biology in Boston on Thursday.
The award, a parody of the Nobel Prize, is handed out each October by the Improbable Research organization at Harvard University for "research that makes people laugh, and then think."
Fumiaki Taguchi, pictured, is a professor emeritus at Kitasato University's graduate school of medical sciences in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture. He shared the prize with Song Guofu and Zhang Guanglei of China. (IHT/Asahi: October 3,2009)
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