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Professor Peter Higgs, joint winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Pressure to publish is choking the academic profession

The unavoidable regime of publication pervades contemporary academic life across the world. While presented as a virtuous thing, it can actually suffocate the academic profession.
Tomas Lindahl, pictured here in the lab, along with Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar, received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Nobel Prize in Chemistry highlights how our bodies can repair our fragile DNA

The recipients of this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry showed that DNA is far from static. Rather, it is bombarded by damaging forces, but our bodies know how to repair these precious strands.
Farmers beat the stalks of sweet wormwood trees to extract the leaves during harvesting in rural China, The plant contains artemisinin, the drug which won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. epa/Michael Reynolds

Nobel prize for malaria drug is crucial to control Africa’s epidemic

The drug partly responsible for more than halving the rate of malaria over the last 30 years and which won this year's Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine has a long history of use.
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They won a Nobel for what? Why good science communication counts

Nobel Prize-winning science is almost by definition arcane and complex. While these esoteric fields have their moment in the spotlight, does it matter if the rest of us understand?
Tanzanian Seif Ramadhan is washed before being treated for elephantiasis. Khalfan Said/EPA

How 2015 Nobel Prize drug might rid Africa of ancient scourges

The drug that led to two scientists wining the Nobel Prize for Physiology or medicine has made a significant difference for those suffering from elephantiasis and river blindness.
Bill Campbell was awarded a Nobel Prize for medicine for this role in the discovery and development of the drug Ivermectin to treat river blindness. Brian Snyder/Reuters

Meeting Bill Campbell, the Nobel Prize winner for medicine

Back in 2012, I had the great pleasure of meeting with William (Bill) Campbell at Trinity College. We were among a group of five receiving honorary doctorates from the University of Dublin.

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