Ig Nobels celebrate ponytail math, shut up gun
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If you’ve ever wondered what makes your ponytail sway from side to side, you’re not alone. Researchers who unraveled the mysterious math behind human ponytails have been recognized with an Ig Nobel prize for their contribution to science.
As I predicted they would back in February, Joseph Keller, Raymond Goldstein, Patrick Warren, and Robin Ball took home the humorous accolade for their study in Physical Review Letters, which describes a hairy equation governing locks.
The Ig Nobels are handed out in a ceremony at Harvard University and honor research that first makes you laugh, and then makes you think.
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