Why the Coffee Spills

Luminaries gathered at Harvard University last night for the yearly awarding of the IgNobel Prizes. "When a team of scientists decided to work out the complex mathematics that control the shape and movement of a human ponytail, they had not set their sights on fame or glory," writes The Guardian, describing this year's winners in physics.

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