The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences is, as with most Nobel prizes, quite a big deal. Past laureates are a who’s who of economics—and starting in 2016, that list could include the inventor of Bitcoin. Assuming, of course, someone works out who that is.
The Nobel Prizes are the “Oscars of Science,” making waves not only in the scientific community, but the lay community as well. Everyone knows there are unofficial rules to adhere to if you want to win an Oscar. Are there similar rules for the Nobels? We asked a Nobel predictor and one of the “pickers” for a prize,…
Yesterday the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Tomas Lindahl, Aziz Sancar, and Paul Modrich for their work in mapping out how cells repair damaged DNA. Their research improved our understanding of how our own cells work and helped in the development of cancer treatments, but…
Tomas Lindahl, Aziz Sancar, and Paul Modrich share this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for mapping out the mechanics of how cells repair damaged DNA.
The 2015 Nobel Prize in physics goes to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald for their work on neutrino oscillations. By tracking neutrinos in subterranean water tanks, the researchers watched neutrinos change flavour, in turn proving that the subatomic particles have mass.
The 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine just went to three scientists who found parasite-killing chemicals that are now important tools for fighting human diseases. But the chemicals in question weren’t created in a lab: one is produced naturally by a bacterium, the other by a plant used in a traditional…
The first Nobel Prize of 2015 has been awarded jointly to three scientists for their groundbreaking work in developing therapies that fight infections caused by malaria and roundworm parasites.
In the 1950s, physicist Chien-Shiung Wu was doing research at Columbia University when two other physicists approached her with a bold idea, but no way to prove it—until Wu found one.
When the Nazis invaded Denmark in 1940, Niels Bohr was in possession of two of the Nobel Prize’s gold medals for Physics that had previously been sent to him for safe-keeping. Here’s what he did to hide them — and how the Nobel prizes were brought back again.
In 2005, Barry Marshall and Robin Warren were awarded a Nobel Prize in medicine for their study of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria's role in causing stomach ulcers. But Marshall's experience with the bacteria began much earlier, when he dosed himself with it to test out its effects.
The 2014 Nobel Prize for chemistry has been awarded for the development of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. Also called nanoscopy, the technique allows scientists to visualize pathways of individual molecules inside living cells in real time, including those in the brain. The award goes out to German…
The 2014 Nobel Prize for physics went to the inventors of the blue LED. Read on for context on why that's a prize-worthy discovery, and check out this technical article in Physics Today if you want to dive deeper into the physics.
Congratulations goes out to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura. Some 20 years ago, they invented the blue light-emitting diode, an energy-efficient and environmentally efficient light source with revolutionary implications.
There's pretty good chance you have a piece of this year's physics Nobel prize-winning invention in your pocket. The blue light-emitting diode (LED) is found in the screens of millions of phones as well as our bright, new energy-efficient LED lightbulbs. Today, the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to the three…
The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to U.S.-British scientist John O'Keefe and Norwegian couple May-Britt and Edvard Moser for discovering the brain's internal positioning system.
British architect David Chipperfield was chosen to build Stockholm's Nobelhuset today, more than a year after a competition to design it got underway. This 275,000-square-foot complex will house a museum and administrative center for the Nobel Prize, along with a cafe and a library. Wonder how long before TED will…
Max Fisher from the Washington Post has compiled some maps and charts showing all Nobel Prize winners by region since 1901. Surprisingly, 83% of all Nobel laureates have come from Western countries, revealing a significant amount of scientific inequity around the globe.
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel for their contributions to the development of powerful computer programs that model complex chemical systems.