Japan scientists hope slime holds intelligence key
A brainless, primeval organism able to navigate a maze might help Japanese scientists devise the ideal transport network design. Not bad for a mono-cellular being that lives on rotting leaves.
Research duo confirm that yes, people do blush in the dark
Anthropologist Wins 'Ig Nobel' Prize for Study Of Why Pregnant Women Don't Tip Over
(PhysOrg.com) -- University of Texas at Austin anthropologist Liza Shapiro and two fellow researchers on Thursday won an Ig Nobel Prize -- dedicated to "achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think" ...
Shut up! Speech jammer among 2012 Ig Nobel winners
For anyone who's ever been tired of listening to someone drone on and on and on, two Japanese researchers have the answer.
Zany scientists honored in alternative Nobels (Update)
In the ultimate accolade for the world's mad scientists, spoof Nobel prizes were awarded Thursday for studies into beetle sex, turtles yawning, the desperation of people dying to urinate and other daffy investigations.
Ig Nobel winner: Using pork to stop nosebleeds
There's some truth to the effectiveness of folk remedies and old wives' tales when it comes to serious medical issues, according to findings by a team from Detroit Medical Center.
Ig Nobel: Researchers named the cream of the crop
(PhysOrg.com) -- Newcastle scientists Dr Catherine Douglas and Dr Peter Rowlinson have won the Ig Nobel Prize for Veterinary Medicine for their work looking at reducing stress levels in dairy cattle. In a paper published earlier this year, they described how giving a cow ...
Ig Nobel Prizes: Why onions make you cry and Enya is bad in the operating room
Let's face it: The Nobel Prizes aren't for everyone. That's why we celebrate the Ig Nobel Prizes, which were handed out Thursday night at Harvard's Sanders Theater.
Obscenity, whale snot take top honors at Ig Nobels
A British scientist has proven what most people already know - letting fly with a few choice obscenities when you hurt yourself actually makes you feel better.
Microscopic graphene flakes isolated in 2010—now worldwide research looks for practical applications
Andre Konstantin Geim is the only person who ever received both a Nobel and an Ig Nobel. He was born in 1958 in Russia, and is a Dutch-British physicist with German, Polish, Jewish and Ukrainian roots. "Having ...
University of Toronto Mississauga professor wins Ig Nobel Prize for beer, sex research
It was a case of a besotted male and beer. Love-sick and lonely, the male girded his loins and took immediate action to relieve his unhappiness but with a surprising outcome, as a U of T Mississauga ...
Ig Nobel awards honor weird, funny discoveries (Update)
(AP)—An experiment that proved people who think they are drunk also think they are attractive and another that showed lost dung beetles can use the Milky Way to find their way home were among the winners at this year's ...
Stanford team develops technique to magnetically levitate single cells
Remember the levitating frog? That feat—the levitation of a live frog using a powerful magnet—was awarded the 2000 Ig Nobel Prize. Fascinating to watch, the demonstration also cemented a longstanding ...
The humorous path to academic success
Academics and universities are in a race: to produce high impact publications, to gain citations, bring in grant income and climb university rankings. In this rat race, perhaps the true path to academic success ...