Ig Nobel Prizes Salute Science’s Strange and Silly

47:30 minutes

Earlier this year, scientists and spectators gathered at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre for the 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes—a salute to science that first makes you laugh, then makes you think. In a Science Friday holiday tradition, we’re playing highlights from this year’s awards ceremony. Ig Nobel Master of Ceremonies Marc Abrahams discusses prizes for research into the slipperiness of banana peels, the use of fine art for pain management, and what’s going on in your brain when you see the likenesses of famous people…in your breakfast food. (Plus, read an insider’s account of the Ig Nobel Prizes after-party here.)

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Marc Abrahams

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

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About Charles Bergquist

As Science Friday’s director and senior producer, 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.

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