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October 7, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Professors of molecular and cellular biology at UC Berkeley and Stanford University are sharing the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their work in unraveling the mystery of a key cellular process. Randy W. Schekman of Berkeley and Thomas C. Sudhof of Stanford have been awarded the prize along with Yale University professor James E. Rothman, chairman of the cellular biology department. The announcement was made on Monday. The Nobel Committee lauded the researchers for making known "the exquisitely precise control system for the transport and delivery of cellular cargo.
October 7, 2013 | By Hector Tobar, This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.
The next winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced Thursday morning in Stockholm. In the United Kingdom, where you can wager on such things, the betting money is on Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. As of Monday morning, the Ladbrokes betting site has the author of the “Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” and “1Q84” as a five-to-two favorite to win. Over at the Boston Globe, Chris Wright points out that the British bookies making these odds probably haven't read most of the authors listed along with Murakami as potential favorites.
September 29, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins
When neurobiologist David H. Hubel accepted his Nobel Prize in 1981, it had only been a couple of decades since he and his research partner danced in front of an anesthetized cat. Hubel and Torsten N. Wiesel were measuring electrical activity in particular cells of the cerebral cortex, the brain area that was known to be the seat of vision. But nothing they showed their cats - a dot on a screen, a bright light - seemed to move the dial. In frustration, they did a little dance. They jokingly displayed magazine photos of sexy women - but to no avail.
September 26, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
It's a favorite parlor game for science geeks: predicting who will win the Nobel Prizes. For guidance, you can look to the winners of the Lasker Awards for medical research, or the Shaw Prizes for astronomy and life sciences. Recipients of the John Bates Clark Medal are considered front-runners for the economics prize. (If you want to know who probably won't win, peruse the list of Ig Nobel laureates .) Analysts at Thomson Reuters have another strategy. They look for people they call “Citation Laureates” - the scientists who are so expert in their field that their research papers are among those most frequently cited by their peers.
September 13, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Let's face it: The Nobel Prizes aren't for everyone. That's why we celebrate the Ig Nobel Prizes, which were handed out Thursday night at Harvard's Sanders Theater. Among this year's winners were scientists who discovered that alcohol makes people think they're attractive and that the longer a cow has been lying down, the more likely she is to stand up. These awards are handed out by the folks who publish the Annals of Improbable Research. Though the discoveries they recognize can seem obvious, inconsequential or just plain goofy, the awards do have a purpose: To “honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.” Here are the achievements that earned the 2013 Ig Nobels : The Medicine Prize was awarded to a group of Japanese researchers who determined that mice who got heart transplants survived longer if opera music or Mozart was playing in the background during their surgeries, compared with mice who went under the knife to Enya or to a single-frequency tone.
September 5, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
Who thinks Japanese writer Haruki Murakami will win the Nobel Prize in literature? British bettors do. British betting house Ladbrokes has Murakami as this year's favorite for the Nobel Prize in literature. The author of such books as "1Q84," "Norwegian Wood," "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" and next year's "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" is frequently thought of as a top contender . In 2012, the Guardian called him the frontrunner , but he lost out to Chinese author Mo Yan, who was a new name in Ladbrokes' list that year.
August 30, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Seamus Heaney was already one of Ireland's best-known poets when the sectarian violence of "The Troubles" swept through Northern Ireland in the 1970s and '80s. An Irish Republican activist spotted him on a train and challenged Heaney to craft some words in support of the IRA fighters then waging a hunger strike in a British prison. Heaney declined. Instead he wrote dark verses about death drifting across the Irish landscape and a 1979 poem called "The Singer's House" that defended the right of art to exist for its own sake, even in times of war. "When I came here first you were always singing," Heaney wrote, in response to a friend's decision to cancel a music recording session after a Belfast bombing.
August 30, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Seamus Heaney, the poet and essayist from Ireland who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1995, has died . He was 74. An Irish Catholic who was growing up in Ulster when the Troubles began and who later moved to Dublin, Heaney engaged with the violence in Northern Ireland, sometimes through history and myth, exploring the conflicting emotions it raised. "We lived deep in a land of optative moods, / under high, banked clouds of resignation," he wrote in "From the canton of expectation.
August 30, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- Seamus Heaney, the Nobel Prize-winning poet whose crystalline, descriptive verse led many to consider him the best Irish poet since Yeats, died Thursday. He was 74. His death was confirmed by his publishers, Faber and Faber, which said that it could not "adequately express our profound sorrow at the loss of one of the world's greatest writers. His impact on literary culture is immeasurable. " The publishing house said in a statement issued on behalf of his family that Heaney died in a Dublin hospital after a short illness.
June 23, 2013 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
When Jerome Karle learned he was to share the Nobel Prize in chemistry, the Brooklyn-born scientist was miles above the Atlantic Ocean and quite unaware that his flight was about to turn into a champagne fete. Karle had left his hotel room in Munich, Germany, before he could receive the news from Stockholm and was instead told by the pilot, who informed the entire aircraft and invited all to toast the passenger in seat 29C. "It will take at least 24 hours for this to sink in," Karle told reporters after his arrival in Washington, D.C. Indeed, it had taken decades for Karle's work to sink in with the scientific community.
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