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Science needs a revolution: it’s time to rise and act. Eric Risberg/AP

How to break free from the stifling grip of luxury journals

Last week was the most memorable week of my scientific career. Accompanied by family, friends and colleagues, I was honoured with the award of a Nobel Prize in an unforgettable ceremony and banquet. That…
Efficient or irrational? BasicGov

Economics Nobel reveals three approaches to markets

This year, the Nobel prize in economics went to three researchers for their contributions to the field of empirical and theoretical finance. This is not the first time the committee has honoured work in…
Just don’t ask economists for the solution. Dominic Lipinski/PA

Economics Nobel must acknowledge the global financial crisis

The 2013 winners have now been announced. David Spencer responds in a postscript at the bottom of this article. What are economists for? Well, one obvious answer is to “do economics”, defined in the academic…
Master of the short story: Alice Munro. Julien Behal/PA

Alice Munro Nobel a victory for the neglected short story

The announcement of Alice Munro as 2013’s winner of the Nobel Prize for literature marks the high point in the 82-year old writer’s long career, but also a significant recognition for the form with which…
This is a DNA-binding protein, so said the computer. Zephyris

Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to computational wizards

In a rare double, another Nobel Prize has gone to scientists who build models. The 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded…
Spelling out the end? Claudia Marcelloni/CERN

Could the Higgs Nobel be the end of particle physics?

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to François Englert and Peter Higgs for their work that explains why subatomic particles have mass. They predicted the existence of the Higgs boson, a fundamental…
The genes responsible for the cell’s cargo delivery system were found in a strain of yeast used for baking and brewing. Image from

Bread, beer and botox: the science behind the 2013 Nobel Prize for medicine

What do bread, beer and botox have in common with this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine? More than you might think. But more on that in a minute. The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine…
Nobel Prize in medicine 2013: Thomas Südhof, James Rothman and Randy Schekman. PNAS

Nobel Prize in Medicine goes to cell transport discovery

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Medicine has been awarded to Thomas Südhof, James Rothman and Randy Schekman for their discoveries…
The Nobel Prize is not scratch-proof. aktivioslo

The not-so-noble past of the Nobel Prizes

When physicist Richard Feynman was asked which now-deceased person from history he would most like to speak with, and what he would say, he said: “My father. I would tell him that I won the Nobel Prize…

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