Ponytails and coffee spills lead to a pair of 2012 Ig Nobel Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Ig Nobel Prizes in Physics and Fluid Dynamics. Raymond E. Goldstein, Patrick B. Warren, and Robin C. Ball received a share of the Physics prize for their work on the shape and motion of human hair when bundled in a ponytail, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 078101 (2012). For additional information, see Ponytail Physics for a brief synopsis published in Physics. Rebecca Thompson, APS's Head of Public Outreach, wrote on the Physics Central blog about her attempt to duplicate the ponytail research. H.C. Mayer and R. Krechetnikov took home the Fluid Dynamics prize for their study on the dynamics of sloshing coffee, Phys. Rev. E 85, 046117 (2012), which was highlighted in Physics, Science of Slosh, back in April 2012. We also note that our very own prognosticator, Brian Jacobsmeyer, predicted both winners back in July (http://physicsbuzz.physicscentral.com/2012/07/who-will-win-ig-nobel-prize.html).

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