Keeping you abreast of important invention news from the Ig Nobel awards:

Dr. Elena Bodnar won for her bra that converts into a pair of gas masks — one for the wearer, the other for a friend.

It sounds silly, but Bodnar, a Ukraine native who now lives in Chicago, started her medical career studying the effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster. If people had had cheap, readily available gas masks in the first hours after the disaster, she said, they may have avoided breathing in Iodine-131, which causes radiation sickness.

All the buzz is surrounding Barack Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize, but here’s a woman who’s really going to save lives — and she’s from Chicago no less:

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Nip gas attacks in the bud! Or is that the other way around?

This invention is the love child of Garrett Morgan and Mary Jacob.

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