Marc Abrahams

Nov. 29, 2013

Annual Prizes Honor the Stranger Side of Science

The IgNobel Prizes salute unusual research, such as an investigation of dung beetle navigation.

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Jan. 25, 2013

Turning Girl Scout Cookies Into Graphene

Scientists have transformed baked goods into graphene, worth two million times the price of gold.

graphene, chemistry, nanotechnology, nanomaterials, carbon, buckyballs, carbon nanotubes

Dec. 14, 2012

A View from the Flip Side

Ten days is all it takes your brain to right a world that looks upside down.

brain, vision, psychology, sight, upside down, marc abrahams

Nov. 23, 2012

Ig Nobel Prizes Celebrate Somewhat Suspect Science

Ponytail physics, the sloshing in a coffee cup, and an opera about the universe feature in this year’s Ig Nobel Prize ceremony.

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Oct. 19, 2012

Learning From the Things That Annoy Us

Why you have to overcome irritation in order to examine it.

marc abrahams, improbable research

Sep. 07, 2012

The Importance of Strange Science

Science doesn’t have to be serious -- you can always learn from it.

improbable research, Ig Nobels, shrew, Marc Abrahams

Aug. 10, 2012

Catching Up with Tom Swift a Century Later

A look back at the fictional boy inventor and his 100 year legacy.

books, science fiction, tom swift, child inventor, boy inventor, history

Jul. 13, 2012

Look, Listen, Taste

Can your eyes and ears affect your taste buds?

taste, senses, sensory, neurology, smell, sight, Marc Abrams, Improbable Research

Jun. 15, 2012

Putting a Friendly Face on Statistics

Turning data into faces makes people take notice.

statistics, data, psychology, understanding data, interpreting data

May. 18, 2012

The Itching Question That’s More Than Skin Deep

A connection between thinking and scratching shows how little we know about the tingles on our skin.

improbable research, silly, funny,

Apr. 13, 2012

Marc Abrahams Makes Science Improbably Funny

The editor and co-founder of The Annals of Improbable Research talks about why some seemingly absurd science matters.

humor, evolution, improbable research, ig nobel

Nov. 25, 2011

IgNobel Prizes Salute The Silly In Science

An annual awards ceremony salutes dubious and unusual research and inventions.

ignobel, improbable research, marc abrahams

Nov. 26, 2010

2010 Ig Nobel Prizes

It's time for our annual broadcast of highlights from the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, recognizing the strange, silly, and stupid in the world of science. Ten Ig Nobel awards were given out this year in early October by the editors of the science humor magazi

ig nobel, silly, humor

Nov. 27, 2009

2009 Ig Nobel Prizes

It's time for our annual broadcast of highlights from the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, recognizing the strange, silly, and stupid in the world of science. Ten Ig Nobel awards were given out this year in early October by the editors of the science humor magazi

ig nobel awards, prize, humor

Nov. 28, 2008

Ig Nobel Awards

In this hour, it's our post-Thanksgiving selection of highlights from the 18th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, recognizing the strange, silly, and stupid in the world of science.

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Nov. 23, 2007

The 2007 Ig Nobel Awards

It's time for our annual Thanksgiving holiday tradition -- highlights from this year's Ig Nobel awards ceremony.

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