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Ig Nobel award winners include dung beetle and beer goggle researchers

The Ig Nobel awards show was held at Harvard Thursday night to award this year’s scientific projects that 'make people laugh, then make them think.'

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A South African and Swedish team celebrates winning the Biology/Astronomy Prize during the annual Ig Nobel prize ceremony at Harvard University on Thursday. They won for discovering that when dung beetles get lost they can navigate their way home by looking at the Milky Way.

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The Improbable Research Nobel Prize Award ceremony was held at Harvard Thursday night to award this year’s scientific projects that “make people laugh, then make them think,” as the organizers, the Annals of Improbable Research, put it.

The awards, held every year since 1991, are meant to “raise the question: How do you decide what's important and what's not, and what's real and what's not — in science and everywhere else?,” write the organizers. And, each year, the awards do just that, lofting projects unlikely to win a real Nobel Prize into the scientific limelight in a zany show that asks the question, why is this science so uproarious?

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