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The Ig Nobels

Awards for unusual scientific research.

1 Pre-reading

You’re going to read an article about some unusual scientific research. Look at the words below. What do you think the research involved?

2 Reading I

Read the article once to compare your ideas from the Pre-reading activity.

3 Reading II

Write the name of the prize next to each statement. Then, read the article again to check your answers.

1. They analysed sportspeople.

2. They looked at ways of waking people up.

3. The experiment wasn’t successful.

4. He wanted to understand why people sigh.

5. A tank ran over a car.

5 Discussion

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (06) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month we’re looking at 10 movie quotes with the Present Simple. Plus, 10 words for talking about videos, 8 useful expressions for talking about bedtime, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Jokes – jokes in English. • Functional language – how to avoid a question. • Accents – Cockney English. • Science – the Ig Nobels. • Language – phrasal verb particles. • Cinema & TV – costume dramas. • Literature – Jane Eyre. • Celebrities – Mia Wasikowska. • Technology – Steve Jobs. • Cuisine – sandwiches. • Cinema – Casablanca. • Slang – Dictionary of Slang • Work – music while you work. • Body language – hand gestures. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!