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The fortunate winners of the Ig Nobel prizes were announced today. The prize winners are selected by the Journal of Improbable Research. The prizes honor scholarship that makes people laugh and then think. My favorite winner this year was the following:
LITERATURE PRIZE [AUSTRALIA, EL SALVADOR, UK] — Thea Blackler, Rafael Gomez, Vesna Popovic and M. Helen Thompson, for documenting that most people who use complicated products do not read the instruction manual.
This week is "Peer Review Week." This year's articles focus on diversity in peer review and you can find a calendar of lectures, webinars and posts at