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October 10, 2013
16:16 // 10 months ago
October 8, 2013
thenoobyorker:

By way of breakingnews:

Nobel Prize awarded to ‘God particle’ theorists
NBC News: The Nobel Prize in physics has been award to British physicist Peter Higgs and Belgian physicist Francois Englert for their work researching the elusive Higgs boson.
Photo: Belgian physicist Francois Englert and British physicist Peter Higgs converse during the 2012 news conference announcing the discovery of a new subatomic particle matching the description of the Higgs boson (Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty Images file)

Perhaps the safest bet to earn the Nobel Prize, the only questions were about which scientist(s) they might leave out of the award.

Pretty sure they had a “Find one God particle, get a Nobel Prize free” card.

thenoobyorker:

By way of breakingnews:

Nobel Prize awarded to ‘God particle’ theorists

NBC News: The Nobel Prize in physics has been award to British physicist Peter Higgs and Belgian physicist Francois Englert for their work researching the elusive Higgs boson.

Photo: Belgian physicist Francois Englert and British physicist Peter Higgs converse during the 2012 news conference announcing the discovery of a new subatomic particle matching the description of the Higgs boson (Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty Images file)

Perhaps the safest bet to earn the Nobel Prize, the only questions were about which scientist(s) they might leave out of the award.

Pretty sure they had a “Find one God particle, get a Nobel Prize free” card.

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8:50 // 10 months ago
July 3, 2013
If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.
Dennis Rodman. We’re just going to go ahead and let this one stand on its own. source
22:42 // 1 year ago
October 15, 2012
breakingnews:

2 Americans win Nobel economics prize
AP:Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapely have won the Nobel economics prize for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design. 
‘Even though these two researchers worked independently of one another, the combination of Shapley’s basic theory and Roth’s empirical investigations, experiments and practical design has generated a flourishing field of research and improved the performance of many markets,’ the academy says.
Photo: Representatives of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences present the winners of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences on Monday in Stockholm. (Henrik Montgomery / AP)

In which two economists get lumped together because someone important thought their work was similar.

breakingnews:

2 Americans win Nobel economics prize

AP:Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapely have won the Nobel economics prize for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design. 

‘Even though these two researchers worked independently of one another, the combination of Shapley’s basic theory and Roth’s empirical investigations, experiments and practical design has generated a flourishing field of research and improved the performance of many markets,’ the academy says.

Photo: Representatives of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences present the winners of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences on Monday in Stockholm. (Henrik Montgomery / AP)

In which two economists get lumped together because someone important thought their work was similar.

9:28 // 1 year ago
October 12, 2012
The EU is currently undergoing grave economic difficulties and considerable social unrest. The Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to focus on what it sees as the EU’s most important result: the successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights.
Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland • Discussing why, exactly, an entire continent, with millions of people, is worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize — he says it’s because the continent has converted “from a continent of wars to a continent of peace.” Does this mean we have to preface any time someone does something terrible on the continent with a phrase like “Nobel Peace Prize winning dictator”? The union will now split the $1.2 million prize between roughly 500 million people — though we’re assuming a few hundred million will be left out.
7:41 // 1 year ago
October 9, 2012
breakingnews:

Physics Nobel goes to Serge Haroche, David Wineland
BBC: This year’s Nobel prize in physics has been given to Serge Haroche of France and David Wineland of the US for their work with light and matter at the most fundamental level.
Haroche says he had been told he had won just 20 minutes before telling reporters, ‘I was lucky - I was in the street and passing near a bench, so I was able to sit down immediately.’
Photo: Serge Haroche (left) is based at the College de France and David Wineland is based at the US National Institute for Standards and Technology. (AFP/NIST)

breakingnews:

Physics Nobel goes to Serge Haroche, David Wineland

BBC: This year’s Nobel prize in physics has been given to Serge Haroche of France and David Wineland of the US for their work with light and matter at the most fundamental level.

Haroche says he had been told he had won just 20 minutes before telling reporters, ‘I was lucky - I was in the street and passing near a bench, so I was able to sit down immediately.’

Photo: Serge Haroche (left) is based at the College de France and David Wineland is based at the US National Institute for Standards and Technology. (AFP/NIST)

9:17 // 1 year ago
June 12, 2012
Nobel economics laureate Elinor Ostrom dies at 78
The Indiana University political science professor, and first woman to win the Nobel Prize for economics, died as a result of cancer on Tuesday. Ostrom overcame societal barriers on women’s education, and obtained her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles. Ostrom won the 2009 Nobel Prize for her work with Oliver Williamson, studying the organization patterns used by people to manage available resources. She is survived by her husband Vincent Ostrom. (Photo via Indiana Public Media) source
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The Indiana University political science professor, and first woman to win the Nobel Prize for economics, died as a result of cancer on Tuesday. Ostrom overcame societal barriers on women’s education, and obtained her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles. Ostrom won the 2009 Nobel Prize for her work with Oliver Williamson, studying the organization patterns used by people to manage available resources. She is survived by her husband Vincent Ostrom. (Photo via Indiana Public Media) source

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14:41 // 2 years ago
December 10, 2011
Three women — two Liberian, one Yemeni — accept Nobel Peace Prize
Three examples of strong female peace-fighters: On Saturday in Oslo, the three winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Price — from left, Yemeni Tawakkol Karman, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf — accepted their honors. The three women were chosen together as a reflection of women’s rights at large. Karman’s case is particularly of note — at 32 she is not only the youngest winner of an award, but also the first Arab woman, one reflective of this year’s Arab Spring movement. Gbowee, meanwhile, led an anti-rape campaign in her country; and Johnson-Sirleaf went a long way in easing tensions by leading the country past a long civil war. Congrats to all three. (Photo via AP) source
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Three examples of strong female peace-fighters: On Saturday in Oslo, the three winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Price — from left, Yemeni Tawakkol Karman, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf — accepted their honors. The three women were chosen together as a reflection of women’s rights at large. Karman’s case is particularly of note — at 32 she is not only the youngest winner of an award, but also the first Arab woman, one reflective of this year’s Arab Spring movement. Gbowee, meanwhile, led an anti-rape campaign in her country; and Johnson-Sirleaf went a long way in easing tensions by leading the country past a long civil war. Congrats to all three. (Photo via AP) source

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9:53 // 2 years ago
October 7, 2011
We have included the Arab Spring in this prize, but we have put it in a particular context. Namely, if one fails to include the women in the revolution and the new democracies, there will be no democracy.
Nobel Prize Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland • Explaining how the committee worked the Arab Spring into the Nobel Peace Prize while giving it a broader context — the repression of women. One of the three winners, Yemen’s Tawakkul Karman, has been a leader the anti-government protests in that country. The other two, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and fellow Liberian Leymah Gbowee represent different parts of the issue — Sirleaf is Africa’s first freely elected female leader, while Gbowee led a successful campaign against the usage of rape as a weapon during Liberia’s civil war. As the Arab Spring has plenty of moments which might be considered problematic for giving out a Nobel Peace Prize (such as war and violence), this is a compromise that de-emphasizes all that, while focusing on a quite-important issue. Think it’s the right approach? source (viafollow)
12:46 // 2 years ago
October 3, 2011

This year’s Nobel Prize for Medicine co-winner died three days ago

  • Friday Ralph Steinman, a senior physician at Rockefeller University noted for his research into dendritic cells, dies after suffering from pancreatic cancer for the past four years. A big loss for the world of medicine.
  • Monday The Nobel Prize Committee awards the Nobel Price for Medicine. Steinman won for his research into the immune system. They don’t give out prizes posthumously. The Nobel folks didn’t know. source
9:26 // 2 years ago