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 energy is added, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences says. The academy says molecular machines "will most likely be used in the development of things such as new materials, sensors, and energy storage systems."
The chemistry prize was the last of this year's science awards. The medicine prize went to a Japanese biologist who discovered the process by which a cell breaks down and recycles content. The physics prize was shared by three British-born scientists for theoretical discoveries that shed light on strange states of matter. The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday, and the economics and literature awards will be announced next week. (Read more Nobel Prize in Chemistry stories.)