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And the 2012 Ig Nobel Prizes Go To… A Shut-Up Machine, Spilled Coffee, and Dead Fish Brains

By Sophie Bushwick | September 21, 2012 11:58 am

Thursday night, we finally found out who won the most exciting awards in science! Well, maybe “exciting” isn’t the best word for the 22nd Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. Perhaps I should say “bizarre,” or even “hilarious.” Every autumn, scientists from all over the world gather at Harvard to “honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.” Like the Nobel Prizes, the Ig Nobels include categories such as peace, physics, and chemistry. In fact, Nobel laureates traditionally present the awards during the ceremony.

But that’s where the parallels end. It’s unlikely that the Nobel Peace Prize would go to Russians who turn old ammunition into miniscule diamonds for use in medical imaging. Or that analyzing the motion of a ponytail would earn the prestigious Nobel for physics. Only the Ig Nobel Prizes would reward scientists for studying why coffee sloshes out of the cup, testing the brain activity of dead fish, creating a speech jammer, and writing a report about reports about reports.

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Newsflash: Swallowing Swords Is Bad For Your Health

By Brett Israel | October 13, 2009 12:49 pm

Fresh on the heels of the 2009 Ig Nobel Awards come six mini-movies about the research of past winners, including this doozy, Sword Swallowing and its Side Effects, which took home the Ig Nobel Medicine Prize in 2007.

Check out this episode below:

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Video: Minimovies.org

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Beer Brawls and Bras at the 2009 Ig Nobel Awards

By Brett Israel | October 2, 2009 1:14 pm

bud_bottle_webThe 2009 Ig Nobel Awards were handed out last night, by the Annals of Improbable Research Magazine, at the 19th Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony at Harvard. The awards celebrate some of the most bizarre scientific studies from the past year.

One of our favorites, the Ig Nobel Peace Prize, was awarded to a research team for their study to determine—by experiment—whether it’s better to be smashed over the head by a full beer bottle or any empty one.

The Public Health Prize went to a team that developed a bra that can be used as two gas masks in an emergency.

A complete list of the winners can be found here. If you’re around MIT this Saturday, you can catch the Ig Informal Lectures, a free public talk where most of the winners will explain their work.

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Image: flickr / seeks2dream

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