Research shows how failing to engage the public can lead scientists' work to be inaccurately reported and interpreted.
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Their big contribution was that auctions aren't just auctions. How an auction is designed matters enormously for what it does.
Robert Wilson and Paul Milgrom, winners of The 2020 Nobel Prize in economics.
For their work on auctions and 'the winner's curse', Stanford neigbhours Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson have won the 2020 Nobel Prize for economics.
America’s top economists like to tell stories.
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Realizing that economics is a lot like fiction helps us better evaluate the claims economists make about the world we all live in.
Molina speaking about climate change at the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico, Nov. 2018.
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Molina, who died on Oct. 8, 'thought climate change was the biggest problem in the world long before most people did.' His research on man-made depletion of the ozone layer won the 1995 Nobel Prize.
Villagers collect World Food Programme aid dropped from a plane Feb. 6 in South Sudan.
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Over 820 million people around the world go to bed hungry at night, and that tide is rising. For working to reverse it, the U.N. World Food Program has received the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.
Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier receiving the Kavli Prize in 2018.
Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna were awarded the Nobel prize in chemistry for Crispr but they weren't the only key figures in its development.
Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier have been awarded the Nobel prize in Chemistry for their revolutionary work on 'gene scissors' that can edit DNA.
American biochemist Jennifer A. Doudna, left, and French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for chemistry.
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The tools to rewrite the genetic code to improve crops and livestock, or to treat genetic diseases, has revolutionized biology. A CRISPR engineer explains why this technology won the Nobel, and its potential.
Hepatitis C led to an estimated 400,000 deaths in 2016.
Michael Houghton, an Edmonton-based virologist, was one of the recipients of this year's Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for the discovery of hepatitis C.
Roger Penrose helped resurrect Einstein's general theory of relativity, and Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez showed there was a black hole in the middle of our galaxy.
Many prizes that aim to spur innovation are winner-take-all.
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Society has never faced more pressing challenges. Researchers are investigating how monetary prizes can help focus innovators' attention, creativity and investment on finding solutions.
Mostly male, white faces up on stage at the Nobel Prize award ceremony.
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With 3% of science Nobels going to women and zero going to Black people, these awards are an extreme example of how certain demographics are underrepresented in STEM fields.
The polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, is used to copy strands of DNA.
COVID-19 tests rely on a process developed at a biotech company co-founded by a Canadian. Canada’s current testing expertise needs to be channelled to prepare for the next wave, and the next pandemic.
Rosalind Franklin at age 25.
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Franklin was born a century ago, and her X-ray crystallography work crucially contributed to determining the structure of DNA.
Lithium ion batteries revolutionised the way we use, manufacture and charge our devices. They’re used to power mobile phones, laptops and even electric cars.
Nearly all your devices run on lithium batteries. Here’s a Nobel Prizewinner on his part in their invention – and their future.
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M. Stanley Whittingham was one of three scientists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries – used to power mobile phones, laptops and electric cars.
Announcement of the Nobel Prize in Economics to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer (from left to right on the screen) during a press conference held at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on 14 October 2019.
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics pays tribute to randomized control trials, but can they really help us fight poverty?
MIT professors Esther Duflo and her husband Abhijit Banerjee who along with Michael Kremer are the winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.
This year's Nobel Prize is important both for what it recognises and who it recognises.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Abiy Ahmed was awarded the prize for efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.
Artist impression of the exoplanet 51 Pegasi b.
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Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz thought it would take years to find a planet outside the solar system – they did it in months.