Improbable Research announced the winners of its 2011 Ig Nobel Prizes during its 21st annual prize ceremony this week. The prizes are meant to celebrate the most unusual kinds of science and research that "first make people laugh then make them think," the organization says.

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An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

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Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.