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Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor and Nobel Laureate, Has Died

He was 87

(Newser) - Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has died at the age of 87, the AP reports. The death of one of the world's foremost witnesses and humanitarians was announced Saturday. Wiesel summed up his mission in 1986 when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize: "Whenever and wherever human... More »

107 Nobel Laureates to Greenpeace: Lay Off the GMO Hate

They're safe and could save lives, say scientists

(Newser) - While some companies are banning genetically modified organisms, more than a third of living Nobel laureates want Greenpeace to embrace them. A letter signed by 107 laureates stresses the potential of GMOs to solve some of the world's biggest problems, including how to increase crop yields to feed our... More »

American Shares Chemistry Nobel for DNA Repair

Scientists' work on how cells repair DNA could bring new cancer treatments

(Newser) - An American is among the winners of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The Nobel committee awarded Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, Turkey's Aziz Sancar, and American Paul Modrich for their work on DNA repair on Wednesday, reports the CBC . The scientists "mapped and explained how the cell repairs... More »

2 Win Physics Nobel for Subatomic Particle 'Flavors'

Japan's Takaaki Kajita, Canada's Arthur McDonald win, latter is still sleepy

(Newser) - Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada have just become the 200th and 201st Nobel physics laureates for discovering that subatomic particles with almost no mass switch between different "flavors." The omnipresent neutrinos are difficult to study because they hardly ever interact with anything else, reports... More »

'Trouble With Girls' Scientist: I've Been 'Hung Out to Dry'

Tim Hunt says it was just a dumb thing to say, but he's not sexist

(Newser) - Tim Hunt gave a less-than-full-throated apology over his "trouble with girls" in science comments, and he's now underscoring that sentiment by adding that it was definitely not his idea to step down in the ruckus that ensued. "I have been hung to dry by academic institutes who... More »

Nobel Scientist Who Made Sexist Comments Resigns

Dr. Tim Hunt has stepped down as honorary professor at University College London

(Newser) - Tim Hunt may not be crying like a woman in a science lab over the hubbub he's caused, but he's now resigned from his University College London role because of it. The BBC reports that the Nobel Prize-winning biochemist and Royal Society fellow— under fire this week for... More »

Nobel Laureates to Obama: Open Up on CIA Torture

Desmond Tutu, José Ramos-Horta lead charge for transparency

(Newser) - Twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners have penned a letter to President Obama that asks their fellow laureate to open up a "grim chapter" in US history: the use of torture. The open letter on TheCommunity.com—chaired by former East Timor President José Ramos-Horta—appeals to the president to... More »

Nobel-Winning Author Lessing Dies at 94

'The Golden Notebook' scribe said Nobel win was a 'bloody disaster'

(Newser) - Doris Lessing, the Nobel prize-winning, free-thinking, world-traveling, and often-polarizing author of The Golden Notebook and dozens of other novels that reflected her own improbable journey across the former British empire, has died. She was 94. Her publisher, HarperCollins says that the author of more than 50 works of fiction, nonfiction... More »

Ailing Suu Kyi Halts Campaigning

Myanmar's democracy icon fell ill on grueling campaign

(Newser) - Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has fallen ill while campaigning for Myanmar's upcoming by-elections and has suspended her extensive tour of the country a week ahead of the polls, her party said today. A National League for Democracy spokesman said that Suu Kyi's personal physician advised taking... More »

Israeli Wins Chemistry Nobel

Daniel Shechtman discovered quasicrystals

(Newser) - Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman won the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry today for his discovery of quasicrystals, a chemical structure that researchers previously thought was impossible. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Shechtman's discovery in 1982 fundamentally changed the way chemists look at solid matter. "It feels... More »

Whoops: Today's Nobel Winner Died on Friday

Foundation will award prize posthumously

(Newser) - Earlier today, the Nobel team announced this year’s winners for medicine ; hours later, it emerged that one of the three intended recipients, immune researcher Ralph Steinman, has been dead for three days, the BBC reports. "The news is bittersweet," said the president of Rockefeller University, where Steinman... More »

Vargas Llosa Wins Nobel in Literature

Peruvian's name wasn't even being mentioned

(Newser) - The Swedish Academy today skipped right over writers rumored to have a lock, and handed the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature to dark horse Mario Vargas Llosa. In awarding him the prize, the academy cited the Peruvian writer's "cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the... More »

Al and Tipper Gore Separate

Ex-VP and wife, married 40 years, were college sweethearts

(Newser) - Two weeks after celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, Al and Tipper Gore are separating, Politico reports . The Nobel laureate and former vice president and his wife, a photographer and sometime activist, broke the news to friends in an email saying "that after a great deal of thought and discussion,... More »

Legendary Economist Paul Samuelson Dead at 94

Nobel laureate write classic intro text for 'dismal science'

(Newser) - Paul A. Samuelson, the first American Nobel laureate in economics and a familiar name to generations of college students, died today at his home outside Boston. He was 94. Ben Bernanke praised his former MIT professor as "a titan of economics," and a colleague said of their fellow... More »

Nobel Jury: Obama Is the Right Choice

One says of critics: 'Where do these people come from?'

(Newser) - The Nobel panel that gave the peace prize to President Obama is strongly defending its choice amid widespread criticism. "We simply disagree that he has done nothing," said chairman Thorbjoern Jagland. Another of the five panelists said of critics: "Where do these people come from?" The four... More »

Obama: I'm 'Surprised and Deeply Humbled' by Nobel

President will accept the honor as a 'call to action'

(Newser) - A beaming President Obama says he's honored to win the Nobel Peace Prize but isn't sure he's done enough to earn it. Appearing in the Rose Garden today, Obama acknowledged he was "both surprised and deeply humbled" to win the award. He said he does not "view it... More »

Nobelist Peacemaker Kim Dae-Jung Dies at 85

(Newser) - Kim Dae-jung, the former South Korean president who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his reconciliation efforts with the North, died today at age 85. He had been hospitalized with pneumonia since last month. As a pro-democracy opposition lawmaker, Kim built a reputation as a passionate champion of human rights... More »

Protesters Worldwide Mark Suu Kyi's Birthday

Burmese activist remains on trial

(Newser) - Activists worldwide are marking the 64th birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democracy activist who remains on trial for breaking the terms of her house arrest. The EU today called for her "unconditional release," and a group of celebrities ranging from Salman Rushdie to Julia Roberts... More »

Burma Will Allow Diplomats to Visit Suu Kyi

Dictatorship also opens trial to media after global outcry

(Newser) - Burma's ruling junta will take the unusual step of allowing diplomats to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader currently on trial, reports CNN. Officials from Russia, Singapore, and Thailand are expected to meet Suu Kyi later today. On the third day of the trial, the government allowed... More »

Above All, Pinter Was Remarkable, Loyal Friend

Playwright lives on in his plays, already considered modern classics

(Newser) - He didn’t always like the plays of Harold Pinter, who died yesterday at 78, but Guardian theater critic Michael Billington says he’s sure they “will endure wind and weather, because he understood the insecurity of human life.” Billington, also Pinter’s biographer, remembers the “poet’... More »

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