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The 2013 Ig Nobel Prizes: Drunk People Feel Sexy, And More Of The Year's Silliest Science

The Ig Nobel Prizes are in! Here are the winners of the strangest science awards of the year.<p>Last night were the Ig Nobel Prizes, the most important of Nobel Prize ceremonies. The ceremony honors the year's strangest--but also very good!--scientific research, in 10 different categories. Past …

Huge Molasses Spill Off Hawaii: A Diver's Report

What's it like to dive into molasses-clogged Honolulu Harbor?<p><b>Hawaii's Honolulu Harbor has been inundated this week with 230,000 gallons—1,400 tons—of thick, sticky molasses from a pipeline spill. It may sound like a sweet problem, but the molasses is killing fragile coral reefs, endangered marine</b> …

World's First 'Invisible' Skyscraper Is Not Made Of Metamaterials, Sadly

Still really weird and cool, though<p>We've long been interested in the progression of invisibility, which, for us, usually relies on crazy foundations like metamaterials. So when we heard that U.S.-based GDS Architects was working on an <i>invisible skyscraper</i> in South Korea, our ears perked up. Turns …

A Beer To Honor A Giant Electromagnet

Fermilab's Muon g-2 experiment required a 50-foot wide electromagnet. Which in turn required a celebratory brew.<p>When Chicago's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory celebrated the arrival of a delicate particle storage ring shipped across the country with the utmost care from the Brookhaven …