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Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes

Air date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 3:00:00 PM
Time displayed is Eastern Time, Washington DC Local
Description: NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series

As editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, Abrahams has published scientific articles and reviews with titles such as "The Medical Effects of Kissing Boo-Boos" and "Why Everything You know About Murphy's Law is Wrong." He founded the annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony in 1991 originally to lampoon science discoveries "that cannot, or should not, be reproduced." The Prize has since evolved to "honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think." The campy award ceremony is held yearly at the Sanders Theater at Harvard University with the prizes mostly presented by Nobel laureates.

Abrahams also has written 24 mini-operas on topics such as heart repair, bacterial space exploration, species mixing, coffee chemistry, the Atkins Diet, atomic/human romance, and cockroaches.

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Author: Marc Abrahams, Editor, Annals of Improbable Research
Runtime: 1 hour