24 September 2008

Who Says Scientists Have No Sense of Humor ?-)

Reading about the NSF's six-year, $19.2M grant to MIT's Center for Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE) cracked me up! Among the initiatives funded are delighters like "Mechanomutable Heteronanomaterials [to] develop new dynamically tunable multicomponent heterogeneous nanostructured systems with an emphasis on mechanical behavior." Whoa, that sounds right up there on the techno-lingo-meter with the Retro Encabulator! And surely some overworked grad student came up with the last project on the funding list, "New States of Frustrated and Correlated Materials";-) For more humorous scientific delight, come by the IgNobel Prize Ceremony on October 2nd, 2008 and see real Nobelists like these...

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