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The 2017 Ig Nobel Prize awards ceremony was held September 14 at Harvard University. The ceremony honored ten real scientists who have done something that makes people laugh and then makes them think. The theme for 2017 was “Uncertainty.” The festivities included the traditional paper airplane deluge, “Welcome, Welcome” speech, […]

2017 Ig Nobel Prize List of Winners


It's possible to survive a nuclear attack. Know the location of shelters and don't panic.
The possibility of a nuclear attack is terrifying, but if you’re not at ground zero, it’s possible to survive an atomic bomb, particularly if you take the proper action. Your best strategy depends on several factors, including the time you have to prepare, your proximity to the bomb and the […]

How to Survive a Nuclear Attack


Chemistry Mole and Summer Fruit
Mole day is celebrated every year on October 23 from 6:02 am to 6:02 pm. This holiday honors chemistry’s own measurement unit corresponding to Avogadro’s Number: 6.02 x 1023. You can spend the day learning more about the mole, play a few rounds of “Whack a Mole” or have some […]

Fun Chemistry Mole Puns For Mole Day



Prosthetics So You Can Be a Goat
The 2016 Ig Nobel Prize recognizes scientific research that makes you laugh, but then makes you think. While possibly less prestigious than the Nobel Prize, winners can take satisfaction in knowing their hard work raises interest in science around the world. The theme of the 26th First Annual Ig Nobel […]

List of the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize Winners





A bubble chamber was used to first detect neutrinos in 1970. (Argonne National Lab)
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics to: Takaaki KajitaSuper-Kamiokande CollaborationUniversity of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan and Arthur B. McDonaldSudbury Neutrino Observatory CollaborationQueen’s University, Kingston, Canada “for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass” Understanding the Significance of the Nobel […]

2015 Nobel Prize in Physics – Neutrinos Have Mass


Anopheles Stephensi Mosquito (CDC)
The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for developing a therapy for roundworm infections and Youyou Tu for her therapy to treat malaria. One half of the prize is awarded Cambell and Omura and the other half to Tu. The prize recognizes the […]

2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine


This man let bees sting him on his private parts for science!
For the past 25 years, the Ig Nobel Prize has recognized scientific research that makes you laugh and then makes you think. The 2015 Ig Nobel prize includes an award, a piece of paper signed by actual Nobel laureates, and a cash award of 10 trillion dollars (Zimbabwe currency). The […]

2015 Ig Nobel Prize Winners