Science Is Hilarious

Improbable Research announced the winners of its 2010 Ig Nobel Prizes at the 20th First Annual prize ceremony yesterday. The prizes are meant to celebrate the most unusual kinds of science and research that makes people laugh, makes them think, and then sparks their curiosity in medicine, science, and technology, 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.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

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