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Beer Brawls and Bras at the 2009 Ig Nobel Awards

DiscoblogBy Brett IsraelOct 2, 2009 5:14 PM


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The 2009 Ig Nobel Awards were handed out last night, by the Annals of Improbable Research Magazine, at the 19th Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony at Harvard. The awards celebrate some of the most bizarre scientific studies from the past year. One of our favorites, the Ig Nobel Peace Prize, was awarded to a research team for their study to determine—by experiment—whether it's better to be smashed over the head by a full beer bottle or any empty one. The Public Health Prize went to a team that developed a bra that can be used as two gas masks in an emergency. A complete list of the winners can be found here. If you're around MIT this Saturday, you can catch the Ig Informal Lectures, a free public talk where most of the winners will explain their work. Related Content: Discoblog: Nobel Laureates Go Ape After Royal Society Creationist Comment Discoblog: Crunchy Chips and Smart Slime Mold Win 2008 Ig Nobel Prizes Discoblog: Fields of Research Dissed by Nobel Finally Get Their Limelight

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