Another Tabby’s Star theory, why we still believe the myth of menstrual synchrony, and artificial intelligence studying science papers.
The Ig Nobel Prizes honour achievements that first make us laugh, then make us think. We take a look at this year’s winners: from the benefits of pizza to the temperature of French postal packages!
T-Rex kept a cool head, first AI developed human vaccine, and painstakingly mapping a mouse brain.
Did junk food cause blindness? Is climate change making spiders more aggressive? What’s filling a Hawaiian volcano crater? And could glowing life be easier to find?
Important but tiny and overlooked fish, rapidly spinning black holes, ancient human migration, and the benefits of not staring at your phone.
How zebrafish helped treat a genetic disease, a common cold virus could treat bladder cancer, the origins of a fast radio burst, and the creepy crawlies we find fearful and disgusting.
An ancient grape variety still used to make wine, an unexplained large mass found in the moon, and faster, improved PET scanners.
Did a supernova cause human ancestors to walk upright? Is it right to use Nazi illustrations for surgery? And could a fungus produce spider-venom that wipes out mosquitoes?
Bonobo mothers watch their sons mating, AI detects lung cancer, trees trying to keep up with carbon dioxide levels and the drug-laced contents of an ancient Shaman’s pouch.
Trip report from Lake Mungo, ancient Denisovans spread widely, an accidental super material, genetically modified phage therapy and trees use the Wood Wide Web!