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Last Published: April 14, 2016
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Koichiro Mizoguchi and Junichi Murakami of Japan demonstrate one application of their research by spraying a plate of sushi with aerosolized wasabi at this year’s Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony in Harvard’s Sanders Theatre last night. Mizoguchi and Murakami were awarded the Ig Nobel in chemistry for “determining the ideal density of airborne wasabi (pungent horseradish) to awaken sleeping people in case of a fire or other emergency, and for applying this knowledge to invent the wasabi alarm.”



Julia C. Hsu ’14 serves the ball during the final heated sets against the Skidmore Thoroughbreds on Apr. 17. The Engineers earned their eighth consecutive victory, defeating the Thoroughbreds 6-3.



A thick fog engulfs the Harvard Bridge on April 26, obscuring Boston from view.



Júlio de Matos discusses his photographic work on the nearly extinct culture of Bejing’s hutongs at the opening of “Fading Hutongs” in the Wolk Gallery. The exhibit opened on Sept. 16 and will be up until Dec. 19.



Ig Nobel Prize Laureate Dan Meyer swallows a sword for the audience. He won the Medicine Prize last year for investigating the side-effects of swallowing swords.



Marc Abrahams, the master of ceremonies of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, is hit with paper airplanes as he announces the next Ig Nobel winner.



Gareth Jones of the University of Bristol uses hand puppets to explain how bats perform oral sex on each other, before being censored by the “V-chip” at the Ig Nobel Awards Ceremony on Thursday. Jones won the Ig Nobel Prize in Biology for documenting fellatio in fruit bats. The 2010 Ig Nobel Lectures will take place in 10-250 on Saturday.



William Lipscomb was the prize in the Win-a-Date with a Nobel Laureate contest. Lipscomb won the Nobel Prize in 1976 for “chemical attraction.”



Gareth Jones accepts his Ig Nobel Prize in Biology during the Ig Nobel Awards Ceremony on Thursday. Each of the ten winners received a Petri dish and a stuffed bacteria plushie.



Jean Berko Gleason, who gave the Welcome, Welcome and Goodbye, Goodbye speeches, demonstrates that swearing helps to relieve pain. Richard Stephens, John Atkins, and Andrew Kingston of Keele University, UK won the Ig Nobel Peace Prize for their investigation into swearing as a response to pain.


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