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Ig Nobel TICKETS go on sale TODAY at NOON

Monday, July 9th, 2018

TICKETS for the 28th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will go on sale today, TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018, at NOON.

Tickets will be available exclusively from the Harvard Box Office.

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Ig Nobel TICKETS go on sale next week

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

TICKETS for the 28th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will go on sale exactly one week from today: on TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018, at NOON.

Tickets will be available exclusively from the Harvard Box Office.

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Ig Nobel TICKETS will go on sale 2 weeks from today

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

TICKETS for the 28th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will go on sale exactly two weeks from today: on TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018.

Tickets will be available exclusively from the Harvard Box Office.

BONUS: Who might you meet at the Ig?

Commercializing the Prize-winning Egg-Unboiling Machine

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Graphene company partners with university to commercialise egg-unboiling machine” is the headline on a Phys.Org report about the Ig Nobel Prize-winning invention. The report says:

“Technology capable of producing high-grade graphite at a price and scale viable for use in energy storage devices, coatings and polymers is being commercialised following the establishment of a new Australian company. The new company 2-D Fluidics Pty Ltd is owned equally by Flinders University and First Graphene. It will commercialise the Vortex Fluidic Device (VFD), which was invented at the South Australian university by Professor Colin Raston and his team.

“In 2015, the researchers from the Flinders Institute for NanoScale Science and Technology in Adelaide were awarded an Ig Nobel Award for creating the Vortex Fluidic Device and using it to unboil an egg. The technology has since been used to develop a range of novel nano materials without the use of harsh or toxic chemicals in the manufacturing process….”

About the Prize

The 2015 Ig Nobel Prize for chemistry was awarded to Callum Ormonde and Colin Raston [AUSTRALIA], and Tom Yuan, Stephan Kudlacek, Sameeran Kunche, Joshua N. Smith, William A. Brown, Kaitlin Pugliese, Tivoli Olsen, Mariam Iftikhar, Gregory Weiss [USA], for inventing a chemical recipe to partially un-boil an egg.

They describe their research in the study “Shear-Stress-Mediated Refolding of Proteins from Aggregates and Inclusion Bodies,” Tom Z. Yuan, Callum F. G. Ormonde, Stephan T. Kudlacek, Sameeran Kunche, Joshua N. Smith, William A. Brown, Kaitlin M. Pugliese, Tivoli J. Olsen, Mariam Iftikhar, Colin L. Raston, Gregory A. Weiss, ChemBioChem, vol. 16, no. 3, February 9, 2015, pp. 393–396.

Here are instructive videos about the original research teams in Australia and California:

Who Might You Meet at the Ig? London’s Pioneering Theatrical Electrician

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

If you come to the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, you might enjoy chatting with your neighbors, in the audience. Many have done amazing things. In this video, Ann Crighton-Harris tells how she became the first woman to be a professional electrician in London’s theaters.

Perhaps you sat near Ann Crighton-Harris in the audience at the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. That year her husband, John Senders, was up on stage, being awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for Public Safety, for conducting a series of safety experiments in which a person drives an automobile on a major highway while a visor repeatedly flaps down over his face, blinding him. Here’s video of John Senders doing that driving research:

Who’s next?

Who might you meet at this year’s Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony? Come and see. TICKETS go on sale Tuesday, July 10, at noon (Boston time), available exclusively from the Harvard Box Office.

Whoever you meet at the Ig also has a rare opportunity. They get to meet you!

(Thanks to Margo Howard for bringing this wonderful Ann Crighton-Harris video to our attention.)