How to watch the 2016 Ig Nobels

Get up to speed on the world's most improbable research with the annual Ig Nobels

If you can't make it to the annual Ig Nobel ceremony at Harvard University on Thursday night to celebrate the most unusual and imaginative breakthroughs in science, you can follow along online instead.

That includes right here, we're we've embedded code for the live webcast, which starts at 6pm, EST, Sept. 22.

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At the event, organized by science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research, 10 new Ig Nobel Prizes will be awarded, and genuine Nobel laureates will dole out the hardware. Audience members will shower winners with applause and paper airplanes.

Last year's winners were recognized for research in areas such as uncooking an egg, peeing like a whale and fathering a few hundred children.

Other activities at this year's event include a mini-opera dubbed The Last Second that is about a secret plo tto add a leap second to the world's clocks.

Also not to be missed: 24/7 lectures in which experts explain their research in 24 seconds, then in 7 words, on such topics as Duck Genital Morphology and Clock Genes. This year's event theme is: Time.

The 26th annual event should also spark its share of social media action, and you can follow along at #IgNobel on Twitter (check out last year's "Celebrating 25 years of wacky Ig Nobel brilliance"

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