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Ig Nobel Wednesday night in Lausanne

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Join us at EPFL in Lausanne for the Ig Nobel show, on Wednesday, March 23 — the concluding show on this year’s Ig Nobel EuroTour.

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The show features:

Ormond explains, TEDxly, how they learned to partially unboil an egg

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Callum Ormond explains his part in figuring out how to partially un-boil an egg— an achievement that led to an Ig Nobel Prize. Here’s Ormond’s TEDx talk:

The 2015 Ig Nobel Prize for chemistry was awarded to Callum Ormonde and Colin Raston[AUSTRALIA], and Tom Yuan, Stephan Kudlacek, Sameeran Kunche, Joshua N. Smith, William A. Brown, Kaitlin Pugliese,Tivoli Olsen, Mariam Iftikhar, Gregory Weiss [USA], for inventing a chemical recipe to partially un-boil an egg.

REFERENCE: “Shear-Stress-Mediated Refolding of Proteins from Aggregates and Inclusion Bodies,” Tom Z. Yuan, Callum F. G. Ormonde, Stephan T. Kudlacek, Sameeran Kunche, Joshua N. Smith, William A. Brown, Kaitlin M. Pugliese, Tivoli J. Olsen, Mariam Iftikhar, Colin L. Raston, Gregory A. Weiss, ChemBioChem, vol. 16, no. 3, February 9, 2015, pp. 393–396.

Ig Nobel in Oslo — Friday afternoon, March 4

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

The 2016 Ig Nobel EuroTour begins Friday, March 4, in Oslo, Norway — the first ever Ig Nobel event in Norway. Please join us!

Where and when: The University of Oslo, in Sophus Lie’s Auditorium, at 4:00 pm.

Click here for DETAILS.


UPDATE: Here’s video of the show:

The special HUMAN HEADS issue of the magazine is out!

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

The special HUMAN HEADS And GARLIC issue (vol. 22, no. 1) of the magazine (the Annals of Improbable Research) is now out! It’s bursting (as are all our issues) with carefully culled, improbable research snippets about everything, from anywhere, more or less.

This is the very first issue of our all-PDF era. We hope you enjoy it, and that you will spread the word to friends and colleagues! There are lots of new columns, and a new design (by the one and only Geri Sullivan) that’s easy to read on smartphones, as well as on larger screens.

If you are a subscriber, you should have received an email letting you know the new issue is available, with directions for downloading your copy.

If you are not yet a subscriber, you can purchase that issue from our Gumroad page.

Back issues of the magazine, and tables of contents, are available on the Improbable website.



Special thanks to Lauren Maurer Trew, our bookmaster, for working much of the tech magic that brought the magazine into this new era.

A Hungarian celebration of Okamura and the miniicreatures

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

The Hungarian magazine 24 celebrates the mini-creatures work of Ig Nobel Prize winner Chonosuke Okamura. Okamura was posthumously awarded the 1996 Ig Nobel Prize for biodiversity, for discovering the fossils of dinosaurs, horses, dragons, princesses, and more than 1000 other extinct “mini-species,” each of which is less than 1/100 of an inch in length. [REFERENCE: the series “Reports of the Okamura Fossil Laboratory,” published by the Okamura Fossil Laboratory in Nagoya, Japan during the 1970’s and 1980’s.]

Here is 24‘s celebratory drawing of Okamura:


Here are some of Okamura’s photomicrographs of what he identified as fossils of mini-creatures: