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China's Most Famous Prisoner Dead at 61

Liu Xiaobo had been diagnosed with cancer, denied opportunity to seek treatment abroad

(Newser) - Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has died at age 61, the AP reports. Liu, the country's most prominent political prisoner, was first put behind bars in 1989 in connection with the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests. His fourth and last prison sentence, for inciting subversion thanks... More »

They Have a Hit HBO Show. It Could Land Them the Nobel

It revolves around 'middle-out' compression

(Newser) - It would certainly be a first: to create not just a hit HBO show, but to win a Nobel Prize in the process. It's apparently an actual possibility for Silicon Valley co-creator Mike Judge and showrunner Alec Berg. The detail comes from a New Yorker piece (as spotted by... More »

Bob Dylan Delivers 'Eloquent' Nobel Prize Lecture

The musician's speech reflects on music's ties to literature

(Newser) - Bob Dylan has completed his Nobel course requirements. The Swedish Academy announced Monday that it has received the mandatory lecture from the 2016 literature winner, enabling Dylan to collect $922,000 in prize money, reports the AP . Spokeswoman Sara Danius described Dylan's talk in a news release as "... More »

Bob Dylan Finally Has His Nobel Prize

Nearly 6 months after his win was announced

(Newser) - Bob Dylan finally has his hands on his Nobel Literature diploma and medal, almost six months after his win was announced. Klas Ostergren, a member of the Swedish Academy, said the 75-year-old American singer-songwriter received his award during a small gathering Saturday afternoon at a hotel next to the conference... More »

Bob Dylan Finally Gets Around to His Nobel

He'll stop by Stockholm to pick up that Literature prize he won months ago

(Newser) - Bob Dylan will be knockin' on the Swedish Academy's door this weekend to finally pick up his Nobel Prize in Literature. Rolling Stone reports that the singer-songwriter, who famously didn't reply right away upon learning he'd won the prize in October—and who sent singer Patti Smith... More »

Dylan Leaves Nobel Academy Twistin' in the Wind

Singer/songwriter says he has 'other commitments,' but is 'incredibly honored'

(Newser) - Bob Dylan was oddly silent about his Nobel Prize win, and now he's officially let the Nobel academy know that while he is "incredibly honored" by the literature prize, he won't be at the ceremony in Sweden to actually pick it up. His letter blamed "other... More »

Bob Dylan Finally Opens up About Nobel Prize Win

'Whoever dreams about something like that?'

(Newser) - Stop the presses and forget the emails : We finally know what Bob Dylan thinks about winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. "Isn't that something?" he tells the Telegraph in an exclusive interview. Surprisingly, Dylan said even more than that on the topic after nearly two weeks after ignoring... More »

To Understand Dylan's Nobel Silence, Read Sartre

It's about 'bad faith,' explains an op-ed

(Newser) - One member of the Nobel academy thinks it's "arrogant" that Bob Dylan won't acknowledge his literature prize. Poet and critic Adam Kirsch thinks it's "wonderful," and he explains why in a New York Times op-ed. He notes that philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre refused his own... More »

Nobel Academy Member: Dylan Is 'Impolite and Arrogant'

The musician still hasn't publicly responded to winning the Nobel Prize

(Newser) - Bob Dylan still hasn't acknowledged being given the Nobel Prize for literature, and it sounds like some members of the academy behind the prize are starting to get a bit fed up, the Guardian reports. "It's impolite and arrogant," says writer Per Wastberg, a member of... More »

Bob Dylan Acknowledges Nobel Win, Ever So Briefly

His website includes a line about the win, then removes it

(Newser) - Bob Dylan acknowledged his Nobel Prize win—but only momentarily. The musician has been oddly quiet about winning the literature prize, but a fan noticed that his official website added a line to this page that said "Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature." But by Friday morning,... More »

Nobel Panel to Dylan: You Win! Dylan to Nobel Panel: ...

Singer's answer is still apparently off blowin' in the wind

(Newser) - On Thursday, the Swedish Academy dropped a culture bomb in the form of a Nobel in Literature for Bob Dylan for his "poetic expressions." It is now Monday, and Dylan has yet to respond, poetically or otherwise, and the Nobel Committee is somewhat publicly throwing up its hands.... More »

Trainspotting Author on Dylan's Nobel: 'Ill Conceived'

Irvine Welsh does not think music and literature should mix in picking prize recipients

(Newser) - "Bob Dylan" was one of the top Twitter trends Thursday thanks to the troubadour taking home the Nobel Prize for Literature . But while most of social media is beaming at his newest honor, Scottish author Irvine Welsh, who wrote the novel Trainspotting, isn't terribly pleased, the AP reports.... More »

And the Nobel for Literature Goes to: Bob Dylan

For his 'poetic expressions'

(Newser) - Sometimes the Nobel winner in literature is an obscure writer little known to mainstream audiences. And then there's this year's winner: Bob Dylan. The Nobel panel chose the 75-year-old "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition," it announced in a press... More »

Nobel Economics Winner: CEO Bonuses Are 'Too Complicated'

Oliver Hart of the UK and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland are pioneers in contract theory

(Newser) - British-born Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their contributions to contract theory, shedding light on how contracts help people deal with conflicting interests. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said their theories "are valuable to the understanding of real-life... More »

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Man Helping End 52-Year War

Colombian president won despite voter rejection of deal with rebels

(Newser) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has won this year's Nobel Peace Prize for what the Nobel Committee calls "his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end," the AP reports. Santos and Rodrigo Londono, leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces... More »

3 Makers of 'Molecular Machine' Share Chemistry Nobel

Controllable molecules could create new materials

(Newser) - Frenchman Jean-Pierre Sauvage, British-born Fraser Stoddart, and Dutch scientist Bernard Feringa have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing molecular machines, the AP reports. The laureates will share the $930,000 prize for the "design and synthesis" of molecules with controllable movements, which can perform a task when... More »

Trio 'Opened Door' to Secret World, Win Nobel in Physics

Congrats to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane, and Michael Kosterlitz for topology work

(Newser) - British-born scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane, and Michael Kosterlitz were awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for work that "revealed the secrets of exotic matter," the prize committee said, per the AP . The three "opened the door" to an unknown world where matter... More »

'Self-Eating' Cells Nab Medicine Nobel for Japanese Scientist

Yoshinori Ohsumi honored for groundbreaking work in autophagy

(Newser) - Samples of baker's yeast helped propel a biologist from Japan into the winner's slot for this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the BBC reports. Yoshinori Ohsumi was announced as the recipient of this year's prize for his work involving autophagy , a process in the... More »

2 Nobel Judges Fired as 'Biggest Scandal' Roils Sweden

Entire board at Karolinska Institute dismissed over disgraced surgeon

(Newser) - The medical university that awards the Nobel Prize for Medicine was rocked this week after an investigation presented Monday showed negligence in the hiring and handling of a now-disgraced stem-cell surgeon, Reuters and the Independent report. Dr. Paolo Macchiarini was fired from the Karolinska Institute in March after it emerged... More »

Nobel Panel Slams Fatwa on Rushdie—27 Years Later

Panel condemns 'flagrant breaches of international law'

(Newser) - Better late than never? The Swedish Academy, which selects the winners of the Nobel Prize in literature, has condemned an Iranian death warrant against British writer Salman Rushdie, 27 years after it was pronounced. Two members quit the academy in 1989 after it refused to condemn Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini's... More »

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