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The Ig Nobel Prizes and Improbable Research (honouring achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think) finally pay a visit to the historic NPL site (the national measurement standards laboratory and largest applied physics organisation in the UK) in Teddington.
The show features Marc Abrahams, organiser of the Ig Nobel Prizes and Guardian columnist, together with the odd improbable researcher and other colourful individuals.
Marc will review the past year’s improbable research and a an all-star cast of scientists, journalists, and entertainers will each be doing exceedingly-brief readings from genuine, improbable scientific studies.
Ms Helen Arney ('Uncaged Monkeys' & 'Festival of the Spoken Nerd') [info]
Dr Stuart Clark (Astronomer, journalist & Author) [info]
(Ex-)PC Stevyn Colgan (Author and QI contributor) [info]
Mr James Harkin (QI Elf) [info]
Dr Adam Kay (Physician, writer, comedian. One half of the Amateur Transplants) [info]
Ms Helen Keen (BBC's Radio 4 'It Is Rocket Science') [Info]
Ms Chloë Kembery (Natural History Museum) [info]
Mr Alok Jha (Science Correspondant, The Guardian) [info]
Mr Ross MacFarlane (Wellcome Library) [info]
Mr Dan Schreiber (BBC's Museum Of Curiosity & QI Elf) [info]
Mr Alom Shaha (Physicist, writer, film-maker) [info]
Ms Elaine Snell (Improbable Science communicator) [info]
Ms Laurie Winkless (NPL Materials Scientist) [info]
Mr Marc Abrahams (Improbable Host) [info]
Research papers which have been covered include:
Sword Swallowing and its Side Effects, The Effect of Country Music on Suicide, Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture, the long asked question: Can Humans Swim Faster or Slower in Syrup?, and What are the Forces Required to Drag Sheep Over Various Surfaces?, the first documented case of... Homosexual Necrophilia in the Mallard Duck, the story of 'A Man Who Pricked His Finger and Smelled Putrid for 5 Years', and The Significance of Mr. Richard Buckley’s Exploding Trousers.
Warning: Some of the material presented may not be suitable for younger persons - please use your own sound judgement whether you should be at this event, or not.
This event is running as part of National Science and Engineering week in 2012.
How to get there: We recommend you don't use your SatNav to get to the site:
PLEASE FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS> http://nplsc.co.uk/page.php?39
When & Where
London Skeptics in the Pub
Skeptics in the Pub is a place to meet and converse, which meet (usually) once every month.It's for all those interested in science, history, philosophy and how to examine extraordinary claims of all stripes.