Annals of Improbable Research
NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2010 (volume 16, number 6)
The 2010 Ig® Nobel Prizes
Bacteria and slime mold
Whale snot and swearing
Scientist's Beard Hazard…
The features marked with a star (*) are based entirely on material taken straight from standard research (and other Official and Therefore Always Correct) literature. Many of the other articles are genuine, too, but we don’t know which ones.
Alice Shirrell Kaswell
transcribed by Steven Drew
Toshiuki Nakagaki, Mary Ellen Davies, Neil Gaiman
Frank Wilczek, Sheldon Glashow, Dr. Yoshiro Nakamatsu
Improbable Research Reviews*
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News & Notes
AIR Vents (letters from our readers)
On the Front Cover
Bacteriologist Richard Losick lets his intestinal bacteria have their say, concluding the keynote speech at this year’s Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. Performing chemist Daniel Rosenberg wields the microphone. Photo: Kees Moeliker.
On the Back Cover
The thrilling conclusion to The Bacterial Opera: mouthwash overwhelms the plucky bacteria
on an obvilious woman’s tooth. Photo: Mike Benveniste.