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Physics laureate Donna Strickland receives the prize from King Carl Gustaf of Sweden during the Nobel Prize award ceremony in Stockholm on Dec. 10, 2018. (Pontus Lundahl/Pool Photo via AP)

Reflections from a Nobel winner: Scientists need time to make discoveries

The winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in physics says scientists shouldn't feel pressured to do research that has economic or commercial ramifications. Science for the sake of science is more important.
Feel like traveling to another dimension? Better choose your black hole wisely. Vadim Sadovski/

Rotating black holes may serve as gentle portals for hyperspace travel

Feel like visiting another star system or dimension? You can do this by traveling through a spacetime portal of a black hole. But you better choose carefully. All black holes are not created equal.
Women are still typically the minority on academic hiring committees in science, and “majority rules.” (Shutterstock)

How we can turn the tide for women in science

The award of a Nobel Prize in physics to Donna Strickland is an opportunity to build support for women in science, says one female physics professor.
Only 3 percent of these prizes have gone to women since 1901. Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski

Why more women don’t win science Nobels

Progress has been made toward gender parity in science fields. But explicit and implicit barriers still hold women back from advancing in the same numbers as men to the upper reaches of STEM academia.
Noble Prize winner Donna Strickland, right, is followed by media to her lab in Waterloo, Ont., on Oct. 2, 2018. Strickland is among three physicists who were awarded the prize for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Why I’m not surprised Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland isn’t a full professor

What Strickland achieved is impressive. But it isn’t a sign that the patriarchy is being smashed.
James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo win the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their foundational work on cancer immunotherapy. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Kyoto University

2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: a turning point in the war on cancer

James Allison and Tasuku Honjo won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for encouraging immune cells to attack cancer. See how their work has revolutionized cancer therapies and medicine.
A postage stamp printed in Norway showing an image of Alfred Nobel, circa 2001. catwalker/

Should all Nobel Prizes be canceled for a year?

This year's Nobel Prize for literature was nixed because of a sex scandal. Other Nobels have neglected key contributors. Should all prizes be cancelled while criteria for winning is reassessed?
Canadian Maude Abbott’s discoveries on pediatric heart defects have saved young lives for decades. It’s time she received proper scientific recognition. (Shutterstock)

Maude Abbott: The Canadian scientist who deserved a Nobel prize

Maude Abbott's discoveries on pediatric heart defects were groundbreaking, saved countless lives and have stood the test of time for more than 80 years. It's time she received her due credit.

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