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!
Are insects being wiped out? Does the risk of mosquito-borne illness increase during floods? Why do we sleep so deeply when sick? And how does our gut bacteria affect our mental health?
The genetics of marijuana use, microbes that darken, String Theory vs Dark Energy, Ancient Egyption cheese.
Liquid water lake under Mars, viruses can defeat CRISPR, editing out genetic diseases in utero, and the discovery of two new adorable peacock spiders.
Plastic-eating enzyme, NASA’s new planet-hunting spacecraft, and DNA that spreads to other species remarkably common in the oceans.
Elon Musk’s Big Rocket, cloned crayfish, bladder-borne bacteriophages, Cheddar Man reconstructed and tiny ancient spider-tails!
Another gravitational wave observation invites more questions than answers, bacteria in cancer thwart chemo drugs, and how cow DNA came from reptiles.
Is sourdough better than white bread? Giant parrotfish group sex, and yogurt-bacteria impedes superbug bacteria.
Old cancer archives, bacteria that plays nice, the Great Violin Debate, and gut flora linked to strokes.
Sleepless elephants, the Archaea that we don’t know we don’t know, and tracing ancient human migration to Australia.