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Nobel Goes to Economists Studying Roots of Poverty

Esther Duflo is second-ever female winner

(Newser) - Three researchers with an "experimental approach to alleviating global poverty" have won this year's Nobel in economics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences says. The prize was won by French-American researcher Esther Duflo, her fellow MIT researcher Abhijit Banerjee, and Michael Kremer at Harvard, the New York Times... More »

Double Duty for Nobel Lit Prize

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk takes 2018's award, Austrian Peter Handke claims 2019's

(Newser) - A twofer this Thursday in Nobel land: The 2018 Nobel Prize in literature has been awarded to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk "for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life," while the 2019 prize went to Austrian author Peter... More »

From Nobel's Chem Prize Winners: Batteries

John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino brought us lithium-ion batteries

(Newser) - The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to the US' John B. Goodenough and M. Stanley Whittingham, and Japan's Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries, per the AP . "Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our lives and are used in everything from mobile phones to laptops... More »

For Nobel Prize in Physics, a 3-Way Triumph

The work revolves around discovery of an exoplanet, 'discoveries in physical cosmology'

(Newser) - Three scientists have won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics for their contribution to the understanding of the evolution of the universe and "Earth's place in the cosmos," a day after two Americans and one British scientist were bestowed the award for physiology or medicine . One half... More »

Nobel in Medicine Goes to a 'Textbook Discovery'

2 NYC natives and a Brit share prize for research into cells

(Newser) - It's Nobel week, and the first of the prizes—medicine—has been awarded to two Americans and a Brit. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to Americans William G. Kaelin Jr. and Gregg L. Semenza, along with Peter J. Ratcliffe of the UK. The trio won... More »

World's Most 'Bizarre' Science Discoveries Get Their Due

Among this year's Ig Nobel winners: a diaper-changing device, study on pizza as health food

(Newser) - Training surgeons is as easy as training dolphins or dogs—at least according to a study that Thursday earned a 2019 Ig Nobel, the annual Nobel Prize spoof that rewards weird, sometimes head-scratching scientific discoveries. This year's winners included, per the AP : Dutch and Turkish researchers who figured out... More »

Abe Cites Nobel Policy in Not Answering Question on Trump

Japanese PM won't confirm or deny he nominated Trump

(Newser) - Did Japanese PM Shinzo Abe nominate President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize in advance of the Jan. 31 deadline? Abe isn't saying, though he wasn't entirely silent on the topic. He was asked about it in Parliament Monday, days after Trump asserted that Abe nominated him and... More »

Abe Nominated Trump for Nobel: Report

But reportedly at the US government's request

(Newser) - President Trump on Friday said that Japanese PM Shinzo Abe had nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize, and had given him "the most beautiful copy" of the five-page document, but Japanese newspaper Asahi is reporting on Sunday that Abe did so only at the request of the US... More »

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Won't Keep Her $500K

Activist Nadia Murad will be donating it to help sex crime survivors

(Newser) - If any Nobel Prize winners strive for the award solely for the money, Nadia Murad isn't among them. The Hill reports the 25-year-old Yazidi human rights activist, who shared this year's Peace Prize with Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, will be giving her $500,000 portion of the Nobel... More »

Nobel Winner Had No Wikipedia Page, but Male Colleague Did

Donna Strickland was deemed not noteworthy enough prior to her historic win

(Newser) - The Canadian scientist who became the first female Nobel Laureate for Physics since 1963 didn't have a Wikipedia page until after winning the prize Tuesday. Per Quartz , University of Waterloo professor Donna Strickland's groundbreaking work in the field of laser technology, which won her the prize, wasn't... More »

First Woman in 55 Years Wins Nobel in Physics

Canada's Donna Strickland wins with Arthur Ashkin of US and Gerard Mourou of France.

(Newser) - Three scientists from the United States, France, and Canada have been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for advances in laser physics, including the first woman to take home the prize in 55 years. The Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences on Tuesday awarded half the $1.01 million prize to... More »

There Will Be No Nobel for Literature This Year

Prize called off amid sex-abuse scandal

(Newser) - The Nobel Prize in literature will be not awarded this year following sex-abuse allegations and other issues within the ranks of the Swedish Academy that selects the winner. The academy said Friday the 2018 prize will be given in 2019. The decision was made at a weekly meeting in Stockholm... More »

Like the Stuff of a Novel, Scandal Rips at Nobel Body

Sara Danius, public face of body that gives out Literature Nobel, is out

(Newser) - A male accused of sexual assault and leaks of secret information; a woman who takes the fall. What sounds like the plot of novel is instead the true story of a scandal that's riling the literary world. Sara Danius, who has since 2015 served as the first female permanent... More »

318 Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, ICAN Wins It

Honored for 'its inspiring and innovative support for UN negotiations' on nukes

(Newser) - The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee honored the Geneva-based group "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of... More »

Remains of the Day Author Wins Nobel in Literature

Britain's Kazuo Ishiguro is the 2017 laureate

(Newser) - After last year's unconventional decision to give Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize in Literature, the panel went a more traditional route this year: The winner announced Thursday is British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, perhaps best known as the author of Remains of the Day. Ishiguro, “in novels of great... More »

Chemists' Ability to 'Freeze Biomolecules' Wins Nobel

3 scientists from the US, Britain, and Switzerland will share it

(Newser) - Three researchers based in the US, UK, and Switzerland have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developments in electron microscopy. The $1.1 million prize is shared by Jacques Dubochet of the University of Lausanne, Joachim Frank at New York's Columbia University, and Richard Henderson of MRC Laboratory... More »

Physicists Who Found Einstein's Waves Awarded the Nobel

3 scientists will split the prize

(Newser) - The 2017 Nobel Physics Prize has been awarded to three scientists for their discoveries in gravitational waves, per the AP . Sweden's Royal Academy of Sciences announced Tuesday that the winners are Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Barry Barish and Kip Thorne of the California Institute... More »

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 »

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