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Fun science prizes launched to push science popularization

By Ji Shaoting and Duan Jingjing (Xinhua)

14:16, April 08, 2012

HANGZHOU, April 8 (Xinhua) -- A ceremony was held here Saturday evening to give away China's first "Pineapple Science Prize", which is designed to honor researches with great imagination and to arouse the public enthusiasm for science.

Jointly launched by China's most popular science and technology social network and Zhejiang Provincial Science and Technology Museum, the first Pineapple Science Prize is expected to promote the country's science popularization.

The awards cover researches in five fields including physics, chemistry, medicine and biology, mathematics, and psychology.

A research proves that counting money has the power to ease pains won the award of psychology. Winner Zhou Xinyue, a professor with the Department of Psychology of Sun Yat-Sen University, published her paper on Nature.

"I designed an experiment to let people count money before dipping their hands into hot water to see how long they can insist on. This experiment was repeated by BBC in a documentary with cold water to tell the affection of money," Zhou said.

The Medical and Biological Award was given to the research of "Y chromosome clues to the ancestry of Emperor Cao Cao," jointly published by researchers from MOE Key Laboratory of Contemporary Anthropology, School of Life Sciences and Department of History, Fudan University, and CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The prize was awarded by Barry Marshall, Australian physician and Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine, and Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Western Australia. Marshall is well known for showing that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is the cause of most peptic ulcers, reversing decades of medical doctrine holding that ulcers were caused by stress, spicy foods, and too much acid.

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