The 20th Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony Awards were held tonight in Cambridge, MA. Former winners include The Bra/Gasmask combo (acceptance video) and MRI sex. Tonight's winners follow. Video footage will be available here, hopefully before too long. Descriptions via AP.
Toshiyuki Nakagaki, Atsushi Tero, Seiji Takagi, Tetsu Saigusa, Kentaro Ito, Kenji Yumiki, Ryo Kobayashi, Dan Bebber, Mark Fricker for using slime mold to determine the optimal routes for railroad tracks.
The executives and directors of Goldman Sachs, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and Magnetar for creating and promoting new ways to invest money that maximize financial gain and minimize financial risk.