Listen Now
Pledge Now


 
 

2016 IgNobel prizes awarded--research that first makes you laugh, then makes you think

2016 IgNobel Awards
2016 IgNobel Awards

The IgNobels are awarded every year at Harvard University for research that first makes people laugh, then makes them think. Mike Reeves chatted with Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, about this year's awards, the incredible prizes involved, and why the whole thing got started. Nature (magazine) calls the IgNobel awards "the highlight of the scientific calendar." Celebrating research like the effect of wearing trousers on the sex life of rats, or assessing the perceived personalities of rocks, who could argue?

Listen: 
Program: