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Nobel Laureate Who Proved Danger of CFCs Dies at 77

Mario Molina helped prove chlorofluorocarbons posed significant threat to environment

(Newser) - A Nobel laureate who helped prove how dangerous chlorofluorocarbons are to the ozone layer and who served as a scientific adviser to President Obama has died. Dr. Mario Molina, a US citizen born in Mexico, passed away Wednesday at the age of 77 at his Mexico City home, the Washington ... More »

Nobel Winner Owns Up to Mistake, Earns Praise

Frances Arnold apologizes over yanked paper

(Newser) - A scientific journal has retracted a paper co-authored by a Nobel winner, but the move is making headlines for a reason you might not expect. US chemical engineer Frances Arnold is earning plaudits for integrity for the way she quickly owned up to the mistake, reports CTV . "For my... More »

That 'Handsome and Perceptive Lady' Has Died

Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison was 88

(Newser) - Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in Beloved, Song of Solomon, and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age 88, reports the AP . Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced... More »

'Revered Statesman' Accused of Sexual Assault

Nobel laureate and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez is accused

(Newser) - Another prominent figure has been accused of sexual assault, this time Nobel laureate and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez. The New York Times , which first reported the allegations, calls Arias "one of Latin America's most revered statesmen." Now, however, his legacy is at risk. Antinuclear... More »

US Nobelist Knew About Gene-Edited Babies

Craig Mello was on board of He Jiankui's biotech company

(Newser) - Long before the claim of the world's first gene-edited babies became public , Chinese researcher He Jiankui shared the news with a US Nobel laureate who objected to the experiment yet remained an adviser to He's biotech company. The revelation that another prominent scientist knew of the work, which... More »

Nobel Laureates 'Harnessed the Power of Evolution'

2 Americans and a Brit take home the Nobel in chemistry

(Newser) - Three researchers who "harnessed the power of evolution" to produce enzymes and antibodies that have led to new drugs and biofuels have been named winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, reports the AP . Half of the $1.01 million prize goes to Frances Arnold of the California Institute... More »

Nobel Economics Winner Knows Your Money Decisions Aren't Rational

Richard Thaler wins the Nobel

(Newser) - The winner of the Nobel economics prize says the most important impact of his work is "the recognition that economic agents are humans" and money decisions are not made strictly rationally. Richard Thaler , of the University of Chicago, was speaking in a phone call to a news conference... More »

After Jailed Nobel Laureate's Cancer, China Relents

Liu Xiaobo received medical parole after learning of late-stage liver cancer: lawyer

(Newser) - Jailed Nobel Peace laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been released on medical parole after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, his lawyer said Monday. Liu was in stable condition at China Medical University's No. 1 Affiliated Hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang, lawyer Mo Shaoping told... More »

Peace Laureate: Nobel Was 'Gift From Heaven'

Colombia's Santos says it gave him the momentum to close crumbling peace deal with FARC

(Newser) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, saying it gave a boost to the "impossible dream" of ending his country's half-century-long civil war. In his acceptance speech, Santos described the award as a "gift from heaven" and dedicated it to all Colombians,... 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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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