「現代英語」2021/2/25 L29 (3) Helium-inhaling alligator gets Ig Nobel Prize





「現代英語」2021/2/25 L29 (3) Helium-inhaling alligator gets Ig Nobel Prize
ヘリウムを吸い込むワニが、イグ・ノーベル賞を受賞
induce (上手に誘導して~するように)仕向ける、(~を)誘発する
bellow (牛が)大声で鳴く、(ワニが)うなり声をあげる
airtight すき間を tight(きつく)閉めて空気を通さない、気密の、密閉した
chamber 部屋、~室
(be) filled with -, 〜でいっぱいの、満たされた
enrich 何かを加えることで rich (豊か)にする、強化する en + rich
vocal tract , voice の tract (広がり)、声道、声の通り道
resonate 鳴り響く、共鳴する
just like those of mammals ほ乳類や鳥の声道と同じように
those = the vocal tracts
mammal ほ乳動物、ほ乳類
curiosity curious(好奇心がある)こと、好奇心
figure out (原因などを)理解する、分かる
basis 比ゆ的な意味での base (土台)、基本、根拠、最も重要なこと
honor 名誉(のしるしに賞を与える)、表彰する、たたえる


Helium-inhaling alligator gets Ig Nobel Prize

Turning now to the Ig Nobel Prize, an unusual award that celebrates unusual achievements in scientific research.

This year’s prize in acoustics went to an international team that tested whether an alligator would sound funny after inhaling helium. The gas is sometimes used to have fun at parties by creating squeaky voices.

The parody of the Nobel Prize was launched in 1991 by the U.S. journal Annals of Improbable Research. Prizes are given for “achievements that first make people laugh, then make them think.”

Due to the pandemic, an online version of the oddly named “30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony” was held instead of the traditional ceremony at Harvard University.

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