Ig Nobel Winners Leap from Magnetized Cockroaches to Entangled Tardigrades

Ig Nobel Prize-winning research comparing magnetized and unmagnetized cockroaches has now led to an experiment involving quantum entanglement and a tardigrade. Details about the tardigrade and entanglement are in this study: “Entanglement Between Superconducting Qubits and a Tardigrade,” K. S. Lee, Y. P. Tan, L. H. Nguyen, R. P. Budoyo, K. H. Park, C. Hufnagel, […]

Ig Limericks: Levitating Frogs, Incompetence Unawareness

“Ig Nobel Limericks: Levitating Frogs, Incompetence Unawareness” is a featured revue article in the special Children issue (volume 27, number 5) of the magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Read this article, free, on the web. Then, if these limericks, composed by the Improbable Limerick Laureate, Martin Eiger, inspire you, subscribe to the magazine, or buy […]

The Table Salt Bacteriome: Abundant Life in Your Salt Shaker

The team (most of it) that won the 2001 Ig Nobel Prize for Ecology—because they analyzed the bacteria dwelling in discarded wads of chewed chewing gum — has now also analyzed life forms that live in various kinds of table salt. Details are in the study: “Beyond Archaea: The Table Salt Bacteriome,” Leila Satari, Alba […]