In other news, last night was the Ig Nobel Prize
awards. These are awards for scientific research that first make you laugh but then make you think, hosted each year at Harvard. They're light-hearted, but normally fairly highly prized by academics.
This year's award for medicine went to Marc A. Mitchell and David D. Wartinger from Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine, for their work entitled: Validation of a Functional Pyelocalyceal Renal Model for the Evaluation of Renal Calculi Passage While Riding a Roller Coaster
Basically they found that a patient with kidney stones suddenly didn't have kidney stones after riding Big Thunder Mountain a few times whilst on holiday at Disney World.
So to test the theory that roller coasters could help this condition, they built a silicone replica of the renal system and set about testing whether roller coasters could dislodge kidney stones. Turns out Big Thunder Mountain was one of the better rides for doing this, due to its motion and shaking in all directions. Space Mountain and Rock and Rollercoaster were not as good.
A full write up of the event, including why cannibalism just isn't worth it, can be found on BBC News