In 2008, a team of Japanese researchers developed a way to extract vanilla flavoring from cow dung. In 2003, scientists at the Cornell Food Lab investigated the limits of human appetites, by feeding people with self-refilling, bottomless bowls of soup. And in 2010, investigators from the Zoological Society of London…
Last week, winners of the Ig Nobel prizes for humorous but thought-provoking research were honored in a ceremony at Harvard. Winners included the inventors of a remote-control helicopter whale snot collector, and researchers documenting bat fellatio.
Last night, geeks celebrated at the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, where Annals of Improbable Research editor Marc Abrams honored (among others) researchers who made diamonds from tequila and others who created a bra that converts into gasmasks. More winners below.