Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Photo Highlights from this Year's Ig Nobel Prizes

Every year for the Ig Nobel Prizes highlight science that "Makes us laugh, then makes us think." Research like why leaning to the left makes the Eiffel Tower seem smaller or what the brain scan of a dead fish can tell us about statistical controls. Check out this week's podcast for more highlights and in-depth interviews with the winners.

The presentations are made at prestigious Harvard University's Sanders Theater. Naturally, the presentation ceremony itself is pretty gonzo, a stark contrast to the stodgy atmosphere of the Ivies. It's science's chance to let its hair down for an evening.

Sanders Theater the night of the ceremony. It has no idea what's about to hit it. It's a building, it has no ideas about anything.
Before the show, performers warm up the crowd with a Keromin concert, plush frogs with theremins built into them.

The winners are led onto the stage they're a skittish bunch, and the rope helps keep them in line.
Dr. Elena Bodnar takes a bow after demonstrating her prize-winning invention, a combination bra and gas mask, on a couple of actual Nobel laureates. Also, WATCH OUT FOR THAT FISH!
Physics Prize winner, Joseph Keller, learns the hard way what happens to speakers who go longer than their one minute speaking allotment. He is shouted down by the "Little Miss Sweetie Poo" combo. These kids are serious about time limits and have no problem telling Keller just exactly how boring he is. Which is a lot, apparently.
...there's that fish again.
Ladies and gentlemen: ready... aim....
FIRE!!! Pew! Pew! Pew!
Part-time paper airplane sweeper, and full-time Nobel laureate, Roy Glauber is on hand to help clean up the deluge of tiny folded aircraft.
All rise for the obligatory photo-op at the end of the show.

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