Public Health Prize
Elena N. Bodnar, Raphael C. Lee, and Sandra Marijan of Chicago, for inventing a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the wearer and one to be given to a lucky bystander.
It appears that in the face of chemical or biological warfare, a woman's primary job is to doff her clothes. The face-mask bra isn't some tactic of the porn industry. Instead, it's intended for anyone who may come in contact with dangerous fumes. Masks, say the inventors, may not be available, but there's almost always a bra handy. The cups are made of air filters and can be disconnected, then shared. The woman can easily strap it over her nose and mouth 'to help purify the inhaled air,' reads the report, 'while keeping her hands free,' presumably to fend off unwanted suitors.