Ig Nobel Event: Improbable After Dark

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Ig Nobel Event: Improbable After Dark
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Marc Abrahams, Sergio Dalla Sala and Sian Bevan discuss the latest recipients of the Ig Nobel prizes, which are awarded for pioneering research in unusual areas, from 'Sword Swallowing and its Side Effects' to 'What are the Forces Required to Drag Sheep Over Various Surfaces'. Part of National Science and Engineering Week.

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology. Every year, in a gala ceremony in Harvard's Sanders Theatre, 1200 splendidly eccentric spectators watch the winners step forward to accept their Prizes. These are physically handed out by genuinely bemused genuine Nobel laureates.

The show features Marc Abrahams, organiser of the Ig Nobel Prizes and Guardian columnist, together with the odd improbable researcher and other colourful individuals. Marc will review the past year’s improbable research and a number of colleagues will try to explain what they did and why they did it.

Warning: If you are easily offended by anything, do not come to this show.

Featuring: Marc Abrahams - Improbable Host

Sergio Dalla Sala - Professor of Human Cognitive Neuroscience Sian Bevan - Comedian and Writer and many more speakers TBA.

Research papers which have been covered include: Sword Swallowing and its Side Effects, The Effect of Country Music on Suicide, Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture, the long asked question: Can Humans Swim Faster or Slower in Syrup?, and What are the Forces Required to Drag Sheep Over Various Surfaces?, the first documented case of… Homosexual Necrophilia in the Mallard Duck, the story of 'A Man Who Pricked His Finger and Smelled Putrid for 5 Years', and The Significance of Mr. Richard Buckley’s Exploding Trousers.

This event is running as part of National Science and Engineering week in 2012.

Co-sponsored by the Edinburgh Skeptics.

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