Annual Prizes Honor the Stranger Side of Science

48:03 minutes

If you’ve ever wondered about opera’s effects on mouse heart surgery, or pondered the timing of when cows are likely to get up or lie down, you’re in luck. At the annual IgNobel Prize ceremony, awards go to scientific research that first makes you laugh, then makes you think.

Segment Guests

Marc Abrahams

Marc Abrahams is the editor of Annals of Improbable Research and the master of ceremonies for the Ig Nobel Awards Ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Meet the Producer

About Charles Bergquist

As Science Friday’s director, Charles Bergquist channels the chaos of a live production studio into something sounding like a radio program. Favorite topics include planetary sciences, chemistry, materials, and shiny things with blinking lights.