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Silly science takes the prize

Every year, the Ig Nobels honor the truly weird wonders of science ... like the emergency bra that converts into a pair of gas masks. Tonight you can watch the Ig Nobel ceremony live as it unfolds (or crumples up in laughter).

The Ig Nobels are presented by the folks behind the Annals of Improbable Research, a scientific humor magazine. Marc Abrahams, the annals' editor and tonight's master of ceremonies, likes to say that the awards recognize "achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think." Among my own favorite winners: the inventor of the flame-throwing car alarm ... the researchers who determined that empty beer bottles make better weapons in a bar brawl than full bottles ... and the scientist who wrote a research paper about homosexual necrophiliac duck rape.

The 2010 Ig Nobels are being announced at 7:30 p.m. ET at Harvard University's Sanders Theater, and will be webcast live via Improbable Research's YouTube channel. Check it out, and come back to Cosmic Log for a full list of the winners.

In the meantime, here are some more Web links worth of a prize, either serious or silly: