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Ig Nobel Prize-winning swearing research wins best science book prize

Black Sheep: The Hidden Benefits of Being Bad, a new book by Richard Stephens, is the British Psychological Society’s Book Award winner — in the category Popular Science. The BPS’s Book Awards have just been announced. In the year 2010, Richard Stephens and two colleagues were awarded the Ig Nobel Peace Prize, for confirming the widely held belief that swearing […]

Playtime for Thick-toed Geckos in Space

An unplanned uncollaring led to an unexpected play session in space. This study tells what happened: “Object play in thick-toed geckos during a space experiment,” Valerij Barabanov, Victoria Gulimova, Rustam Berdiev, and Sergey Saveliev, Journal of Ethology, vol. 33, no. 2, May 2015, pp 109–115. The authors, at the Research Institute of Human Morphology, Moscow, […]

One week from today: The 2016 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony

The Dutch blog De Kat van Freud reminds everyone of what’s happening next week, and points to a video that’s very much in the spirit of the Ig. Here’s an auto-translation from the original Dutch: In a week it is again: the Ig Nobel Prize will be awarded on September 22 (note: not to be […]

How One Giraffe Became More. Specifically, Four.

Astronomers are lucky. When they uncover something weird, like a planet orbiting our nearest neighboring star, they can say, “Yes, but that pinprick was 40 trillion kilometers away.” When biologists make similar discoveries that turn...Show More Summary

There Are Now Seven Species Named After President Obama

Having something named after you is usually a compliment, particularly when it’s a brand new species. But does that still hold true if that species is actually a parasite? President Barack Obama now has the distinction of having two such creatures named after him. Show More Summary

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