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Using a photocopy machine to make images of atoms

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Xerox Enlargement Microscopy (XEM) is a cheap, simple, if poor, way to make large images of even the tiniest objects. One uses a photocopy machine, repeatedly.

The technique was introduced in an article in the March/April 1995 issue of the Annals of Improbable Research.

The special Ig Nobel issue of the magazine

Sunday, January 5th, 2020

The magazine’s special Ig Nobel issue (vol. 25, no. 6) shows and tells all about the 2019 Ig Nobel Prize winners and the 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, and also the opera (“Creatures of Habit”) that premiered as part of the ceremony). Read some of the articles online.

You can buy the entire issue, or subscribe to the magazine, or treat yourself to some back issues.

Annals of Improbable Research—six new issues per year, all in handy PDF format.

Improbable Research—Special Issues

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

Every issue of the Annals of Improbable Research is a special issue:

Improbable Research—special ANIMALS issue

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

The special ANIMALS issue (volume 25, number 3) of the Annals of Improbable Research is now out and about. It’s packed with improbable research about animals, and parts of animals, and things that animals, some of them, do.

The special section on animals research brings to you:

  • Flies in the Face of Death
  • Animal Odors
  • Animals or Parts in Motion
  • Insights About People and Other Animals
  • Raccoon Cleverness/Orneriness
  • The Orpington Duck Dilemma
  • Head/Neck/Testicles
  • Icky Cutesy: Croc Tears, Zoo in a Corpse
  • Ig and Beyond: A Jackass and a Fish
  • Nominative Determinism: McHorse on Horse Digits
  • Cat Tricks: Delayed Action
  • Dog Habits: Snog and Poo
  • Habit Research: Skunks and Slugs
  • Cats: Cats, Human Emotions and Speech
  • Dogs: Eye Resemblance and the ‘Guilty Look
  • Ig® Nobel Limericks: Chimp Butts, Gorilla Suits

The complete Table of Contents is online, as are several of the articles. And you can (for your edification and joy) buy the entire issue. Or even better, subscribe to the magazine.

Special HABITS & TRICKS issue of Improbable Research

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

The special Habits & Tricks issue (volume 25, no. 2) of the Annals of Improbable Research is now available, in PDF form as usual. You can purchase a single issue, or subscribe to the magazine (six new issues every year), or if you like, read a few of the articles free online.

Here’s the Table of Contents:

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.

Special Section: Habits and Tricks

Research on Nosepicking*
Research on Fidgeting*
Habits Research: Dishwashing and Downloading*
Ig® and Beyond: Shopping and Retracted Habits*
Eating Habits*
Medical Patients’ Habits: Mouth Breathing, Cable Chewing, Sucking*
Medical Professionals’ Habits: Mask Wiggling, Role Modeling*
Medical Trick Question: No Bullet, But… Butt?*
Magic and Rodeo Tricks Research*
Forensic Research: Knot Habits*

Improbable Research Reviews*

Improbable Research: Bacteria and Birthday Cakes*
May We Recommend: Cactus Spine Puncture Performance*
Boys Will Be Boys: Flatulence, Exciting, Usage*
Icky Cutesy: Willingness Toupee, Russian Roulette*

News & Notes

AIR Vents (letters from our readers): More Musty and Wiener Sausage
Ig® Nobel Limericks: Hijacker Packaging, Report Reporting*
Editorial Board
Index of Special Issues
Teachers’ Guide
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