Nobody had ever won both a Nobel and an Ig Nobel prize, until this year.
Here‘s what Geim won the Ig Nobel for:
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For quite a while now, I’ve been part of a collaboration working on the development of QUBIC, a new kind of instrument for measuring the polarization of the microwave background. For those who want details, we’ve written a paper describing the current status and prospects of the project. It’s posted on the arxiv, and it’s been submitted for publication in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics. Enjoy.