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2012 Ig Nobels: Ponytail Physics, Coffee Sloshes, and Reports on Reports on Reports

A UCLA gymnast shows off her ponytail, the study of which won this year’s Ig Nobel prize in physics. Credit: Parker Michael Knight.

Research on a host of unusual topics was honored on Thursday night at the Ig Nobel awards ceremony, at Harvard University. The prizes, which go to the researchers behind the year’s most startling scientific achievements, don’t include the cash awards that are common to other accolades. But the Ig Nobel ceremony, now in its 22nd year, is approaching legendary status.