Ig Nobel Award Celebrates the Strange

All this week we've informed you of the latest winners of the Nobel Prize. Now we have the winners of the Ig Nobel Prize. Harvard University gives it out for scientific research that's strange or worthless. Winners include Ivan Schwab, who explained why woodpeckers do not get headaches. And then there's Howard Stapleton, who invented a high-pitched siren that adults cannot hear; young people can. Store owners play it to keep teenagers from loitering.

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All this week we've informed you of the latest winners of the Nobel Prize. Today we have the winners of the Ig Nobel Prize. Harvard University gives it out for scientific research that is strange or worthless. Winners include Ivan Schwab, who explained why woodpeckers do not get headaches. Always wondered that. And then there's Howard Stapleton, who invented a high-pitched siren that adults cannot hear. Young people can. So storeowners play it to keep teenagers from loitering. It's MORNING EDITION.

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