A Gummy Tribute to the 2021 Ig Nobel Ecology Prize Winners

Lavie Tridhar writes, in Nature, a gummy tribute of sorts to the 2021 Ig Nobel Ecology Prize winners, Leila Satari, Alba Guillén, Àngela Vidal-Verdú, and Manuel Porcar, who used genetic analysis to identify the different species of bacteria that reside in wads of discarded chewing gum stuck on pavements in various countries. Tridhar’s tribute begins: […]

The Wasted Chewing Gum Bacteriome and the Emperors

“Improbable Research: Wasted Gum, Imperiled Emperors, Hair-worn Steel” is one of the non-Ig-Nobel columns in the special Ig Nobel issue (vol. 26, no. 6) of the magazine. Highlights of that column in this issue: The Wasted Chewing Gum Bacteriome, and Statistical Reliability Analysis for a Most Dangerous Occupation: Roman Emperor. Here’s the front cover of […]