Using the right metaphor in science is important.
The “Door of Europe” monument, which commemorates migrants who died on their journey, is seen on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.
The island of Lampedusa in Italy has become the symbol of how a community can welcome migrants — for better or for worse.
Bob Dylan in 1991.
Bob Dylan said songs are meant to be sung not read, and he has a point. Songs and poems obey different rules.
Bob Dylan pictured in 2012: his long synopses of a seemingly random list of books made up the bulk of this week’s Nobel Prize speech.
This extraordinarily odd speech might well be the singer’s most Dylanesque performance.
The expanding universe.
New research out this month has led to speculation that the acceleration of the expanding universe might not be real after all. So what's really going on?
What does the Nobel mean for America?
Immigrants have contributed to America's great success at the Nobel. Of the 350 Nobel winners from the United States, more than 100 have been immigrants.
A portrait of Indian poet and musician Rabindranath Tagore.
In 1913, an Indian literary giant named Rabindranath Tagore was the first non-white person to win the literature prize. He wrote over 2,000 songs and, like Dylan's, they still resonate today.
Is Bob Dylan a poet in the great tradition of Sappho?
In the days of Sappho, John William Godward
Ancient poems were accompanied by a musical instrument called the lyre – from which we get the word 'lyric'. 'Literature' and 'poetry' are categories of our own making - so moving beyond them in a major award seems long overdue.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos wins the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
Scholars share their research with former combatants in Colombia, after a majority of Colombians voted against a peace deal. Can understanding reintegration help peace negotiations move forward?
Autophagy lets neurons clear out harmful proteins.
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Yoshinori Ohsumi's research on autophagy – a process that lets cells clear out harmful materials – brought biology and medicine closer to finding treatments for chronic and deadly diseases.
Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos has won a 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring peace to the country.
A week of extreme emotions in Colombia ends with a Nobel Peace Prize for its president. But will it help the country avoid descending back into civil war?
Things are kind of different on the quantum level.
Forget solid, liquid, gas. This research used advanced math to theorize about topological phases of matter. And over the years experiments with matter and cold atoms have been validating the ideas.
It’s not all bad.
EPA/Mauricio Duenas Castaneda
The voters may have said no to the deal struck with the FARC, but Juan Manuel Santos and his fellow negotiators intend to keep going.
Juan Manuel Santos: changing how we think about peace.
Why would anyone award a prize to a rejected peace deal?
Colombians march in the city of Cali to support the peace deal that was narrowly rejected in an October 2 plebiscite. The 50%-50% vote showed how polarized the country is.
Nobel Prize aside, Colombia continues to choose war over peace and uncertainty over resolution. Is it something ingrained in the national psyche, or the product of a tangled-up political process?
How Messrs Thouless, Haldane and Kosterlitz could hold the key to the future.
Math doesn’t get its own Nobel, but is the foundation for much Prize-winning research.
There's no Nobel Prize in mathematics, but math undergirds much high-level science. The 2016 Nobel in Physics rewards work in topology, a branch of math with multiple real world applications.
Galileo demonstrates a telescope to the doge of Venice.
People have always known science would advance faster with various incentives and rewards. As modern experimental science took off, these took the form of gifts and favors to and from wealthy elites.
The science is now used to tackle a range of diseases.
Peter Doherty's Nobel Prize-winning insights proved crucial for understanding how viral infections are controlled.
Seinabo Sey performing at the 2015 Nobel Banquet.
Dan Lepp © Nobel Media AB 2015
This year, the Nobel Prizes are trying to reach a wider – and younger – audience. However, critics argue that the commercial partners needed to fund the awards' many extraneous events are compromising their integrity.