The 32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will happen entirely online (again, as in 2020 and 2021, in deference to the lurking ambitions of Covid-19), on Thursday, September 15, 2022. The webcast begins at 6 pm (U.S. eastern time). Ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners will be introduced. Each has done something that makes people […]
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“Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation“, a report in the New York Times on August 29, 2022, by Emily Anthes, tells about new attempts to build computer-based devices that will translate cats’ and dogs’ utterances into human speech. The report does not mention that these devices follow in the footsteps […]
“Men and Boys and Goats” is a review article in the special Men (and Women) issue (volume 28, number 4, July/August 2022) of the magazine. It glimpses numerous published reports of men and boys and goats. The article is free online.
“A Man Who” is a review article in the special Men (and Women) issue (volume 28, number 4, July/August 2022) of the magazine. It glimpses numerous published reports of men who. (And one woman who.) The article is free online.
A special Ig Nobel Prize exhibition will frolic in Osaka, Japan from October 1, 2022 through November 13, at the Shinsaibashi Parco.
A new book echoes and explores some of the the perplexities that were honored, some years ago, with an Ig Nobel Literature Prize. The new book is called Index, A History of the. Dennis Duncan wrote it. (And here’s a review in the Globe and Mail.) The 2007 Ig Nobel Literature Prize was awarded to […]
The 32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will happen (as in 2020 and 2021, in deference to the lurking ambitions of Covid-19) entirely online, on Thursday, September 15, 2022. Ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners will be introduced. Each has done something that makes people LAUGH, then THINK. Details are on the ceremony web page.
The folks at Today I Found Out take a look at the Ig Nobel Prize-winning Pitch Drop Experiment: The 2005 Ig Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to John Mainstone and the late Thomas Parnell of the University of Queensland, Australia, for patiently conducting an experiment that began in the year 1927 — in which a glob of congealed black tar […]
Mystery abounds, in little ways, in the industries that supply chemicals. Derek Lowe, writing in Chemical World, opens the curtain on some of those mysteries: So the world of chemical supply is far from straightforward, and it can be affected in unpredictable ways. The last two years have illustrated some of these… The complications become […]
Alyssa Pelish writes about the difficult cases handled by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Pelish’s essay, called “The Bureau of Hards“, appears in the Fence blog. Close attention is paid there to a modest experiment: Indeed, an experiment run in 2000 by a group affiliated with the eccentrics behind the annual Ig Nobel Prize found that […]