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By Mark Pratt The Associated Press

Website documents histories of Georgetown-owned slaves

BOSTON — A Boston-based genealogical organization and a Georgetown University graduate who launched a project to trace the family histories of hundreds of black slaves sold by the Jesuits who ran the college in 1838 have teamed up to digitize the information and make it available to people researching family histories.

Scholars who studied liars, put pants on rats win Ig Nobels

BOSTON — A Swede who wrote a trilogy about collecting bugs, an Egyptian doctor who put pants on rats to study their sex lives and a British researcher who lived like an animal have been named winners of the Ig Nobels, the annual spoof prizes for quirky scientific achievement.

The winners were honoured or maybe dishonoured Thursday in a zany ceremony at Harvard University.

Research involving honeybee stings in 25 places, emperor who fathered 888 kids wins Ig Nobels

BOSTON A Cornell University graduate student who allowed honeybees to sting him in 25 places and a group of scientists who concluded it’s possible for one man to father 888 children are among the winners of this year’s Ig Nobels, which honour humorous scientific achievement.