ATG Quirkies: And the Winners Are!

The 2017 Ig Nobel Prizes, annual awards for improbable research, were given out last evening at the Sanders Theater at Harvard University. The awards are are organized by the science humor magazine “The Annals of Improbable Research.” and are given to actual scientific research papers that the magazine claims “make people laugh and then think.”

The winner for physics was Marc-Antoine Fardin who tried to answer the penetrating question of whether a cat can be both a solid and a liquid. The prize for economics went toNever Smile at a Crocodile: Betting on Electronic Gaming Machines is Intensified by Reptile-Induced Arousal,” while peace prize was handed out for an article that “showed that playing the didgeridoo five times a week for four months could cure people of sleep apnea and rid them of snoring.”  

Here is a full list of the awards with links to all the winners. 

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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