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2012 Ig Nobel Prizes honour offbeat research

Groundbreaking research into monkey butts, green hair, diamonds and dead fish was recognised this year

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This year’s Ig Nobel Prize, handed out last week in Cambridge, Massachusetts, offered up the usual cavalcade of faffing around, silliness and genuinely puzzling scientific advancement. Here are the 10 winners.


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The Ig Nobel Prize – science’s Razzy

This year’s Ig Nobel Prize, handed out last week in Cambridge, Massachusetts, offered up the usual cavalcade of faffing around, silliness and genuinely puzzling scientific advancement. Here are the 10 winners.


  • The Ig Nobel Prize – science’s Razzy
  • Psychology
  • Peace
  • Neuroscience
  • Chemistry
  • Literature
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Acoustics
  • Physics
  • Anatomy
  • Medicine


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