Silly Science Honored With Ig Nobel Prizes

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Benjamin Arthur

Listen To People Attempt The Impossible

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Sanat Kumar, with table. David Kestenbaum/NPR hide caption

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A Chemist Explains Why Gold Beat Out Lithium, Osmium, Einsteinium ...

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Stephen Smith at Stanford University developed a process called array tomography to show mouse brain synapses in different colors. Courtesy of Dr. Stephen Smith hide caption

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Songbirds, like this male tricolored blackbird, develop regional accents in the same way humans do, researchers found. And, like humans, songbirds seem to respond better to accents they already know. Dave Menke/Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hide caption

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Unfamiliar Accents Turn Off Humans And Songbirds

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Called "Crazy Lace", this agate rock found in Mexico is a type of quartz infused with iron and aluminum. Danita Delimont/Getty hide caption

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Listen To A 13-Billion-Year-Long Story

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