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Vaginas should smell like vaginas, not flowers: my 24/7 Ig Nobel talk

Last Thursday, a number of dreams I didn’t even know I had were fulfilled: talking about vaginas in front of over a thousand people at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, singing the Elements Song with Nobel Laureates and Amanda Palmer (I KNOW!!!), making jokes about the effects of coffee as a diuretic as I, aforementioned [...]

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Quand la Science Fait Rire: IgNobels have their own TV show!

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Who is not charmed by the quirky science that is recognized each year by the Ig Nobel Prizes? For those who are unaware of this amazing phenomenon, here is the description from their website: The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to [...]

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The Scicurious Brain

IgNobels 2013! Could you walk on water?

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Some might say there’s only one person who could do that. But it turns out it might not be so impossible. The real trick to it? An exotic locale. Not Tahiti or Costa Rica. The moon. Minetti et al. “Humans Running in Place on Water at Simulated Reduced Gravity” PLoS ONE. 2012. (Figure 1. For [...]

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The Scicurious Brain

IgNobels 2013: Is your cow going to lie down soon?

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Is your cow more likely to lie down the longer its been standing? This seems like a really silly question, it seems like the longer something has been standing, the more likely it will be to lie down. But in fact, the answer is not so simple, and the question isn’t so silly. Instead of [...]

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The Scicurious Brain

IgNobels 2013! The dung beetle and the stars

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“Some people think our research is crap.” You might think that a phrase like that from the mouth of a scientist would be followed shortly by a tirade on other scientists who’ve done them wrong, or maybe people who don’t think their grant deserves funding. But no, this phrase was part of the opening statement [...]

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The Scicurious Brain

IgNobels 2013! Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder.

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Today we present the 2013 IgNobel Prize in Psychology! I’m sure we’ve all been there. You go out, and you think at first you look ok. Maybe even good! Then you’re a few drinks in, and suddenly? You are FABULOUS. Gorgeous, darling. You smile, flirt, take loads of pictures. Maybe you even think you’re a [...]

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The Scicurious Brain

The IgNobels, 2013! Playing opera to your mice.

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I have to say that the winners of this IgNobel won in my heart PURELY because of the costumes they wore to the ceremony. Yes. Costumes. (The best image I could find, from the South China Post coverage of the story, which you can read here, photo originally via Reuters) Because if you’re going to [...]

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The Scicurious Brain

IgNobels, 2013: The Safety Engineering Prize!

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Today we continue our coverage of the 2013 IgNobel Prizes with the Safety Engineering Prize! Sadly, the author of the patent for this prize has since passed on. But it doesn’t make the prize itself any less deserved. US Patent #3811643, Gustano A. Pizzo, “anti hijacking system for aircraft”, May 21, 1972. So…what is it? [...]

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The Scicurious Brain

The IgNobels, 2013: Reattachment of the penis. Unless it was first eaten by a duck.

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The 2013 IgNobel prizes were awarded last night in a ceremony that was typical of the IgNobel prizes, which is to say: hilarious, fun, and highly educational. It is my opinion that no awards show or conference would be complete without naked silver painted humans serving as spotlights, custom operas, and my personal favorite, Miss [...]

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The Scicurious Brain

IgNobels 2013! And the Winners Are…

TONIGHT, the 2013 IgNobels Prizes were held in Saunders Theatre at Harvard University! Winners traveled at their own expense, and received the prize from the hands of…real Nobel Prize winners. This year the prizes were accompanied by a new Opera, “The Blonsky Device”. And the winners are…*drumroll* MEDICINE PRIZE “Auditory stimulation of opera music induced [...]

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The Scicurious Brain

LIVE: The 2013 IgNobel Prizes!!!

Welcome to the 2013 Ignobel Prize Livestream, the most entertaining scientific prize presentation, well…ever. The ceremony will be LIVE here from 6:00PM EDT to 7:30PM EDT (roughly).

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The Scicurious Brain

On my way to the IgNobel Prizes!!!!

It’s that time of year again, and Sci is current en route to the Ignobel Prizes, held every year at Harvard. It’s the best, and funniest, scientific award, for the great science that first makes you laugh…but then makes you THINK. I will be live tweeting the ceremony starting at 6:00EDT, AND there will be [...]

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