Ig Nobel Prizes 2010: Oil and Water Mixing, Preventing Winter Falls, Fellatio in Fruit Bats, Rollercoaster Asthma, Whale Snot and Swearing as a Response to Pain, Among Others, Awarded

Chemistry: Eric Adams of MIT, Scott Socolofsky of Texas A&M University, Stephen Masutani of the University of Hawaii, and BP [British Petroleum], for disproving the old belief that oil and water don’t mix. Review of Deep Oil Spill Modeling Activity Supported by the Deep Spill JIP and Offshore Operator’s Committee, Final Report, Eric Adams and […]

Definition of Science

In Kansas, Darwinism Goes on Trial Once More. ‘Six years after Kansas ignited a national debate over the teaching of evolution, the state is poised to push through new science standards this summer requiring that Darwin’s theory be challenged in the classroom.’ [via Slashdot] Now evolving in biology classes: a testier climate. Sneaky education in […]

It’s a Record!

History of the universe in 60 seconds. ‘A video of Eric Schulman’s brilliant 60-second-long History of the Universe is now up on the National Science Foundation’s web site. It shows Dr. Schulman performing what was originally a 200-word written piece that appeared in the Jan/Feb 1997 issue of the Annals of Improbable Research.’

Weird Enough

The book of weird experiments. ‘Reto Schneider’s book of weird experiments is weirdly sublime. Schneider’s web site gives generous excerpts. It also has some of the most gripping science video clips in existence.’

Unidentified High-Flying Lab

Unidentified high-flying lab. “Invisible tiny UFO caught on chemical-imaging camera”.