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Light of every hue. davidd

Light technologies illuminate global challenges

During these dark winter months, spare a thought for artificial lights. From strings of lights adding holiday cheer to artificial sunlamps alleviating seasonal affective disorder, they brighten our days…
Crystallography: from a handheld experiment in 1912 to the size of many football fields today. Diamond Light Source

Explainer: what is X-ray crystallography?

Around 100 years ago a father and his son in north England conducted an experiment that would revolutionise the way scientists study molecules. A refined version of their method still remains one of the…
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…
China: “No, thanks. We don’t want a Nobel peace prize.” andreasl

China isn’t creative enough to win a science Nobel

“China is at the forefront of medicine and hi-tech and computing.” So said UK Chancellor George Osborne, who recently visited the country. Global tests for 15-year-olds show the youth of Shanghai are comfortably…
A dangerous, dirty job - but someone has to do it. EPA/Moadamiyeh Media Centre

OPCW deserves Nobel for long fight against chemical weapons

The abduction, in northern Syria, of seven Red Cross workers is a stark reminder of how dangerous it is to work in that war-torn country, even for such an internationally recognised humanitarian organisation…
MIssion: OPCW seeks the elimination of chemical weapons globally. EPA/Moadamiyeh Media Centre

Nobel prize overplays OPCW role in global peace struggle

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the second international organisation to win in two years following the European Union. Alone…
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…
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…
Can you play a quantum game of tennis with just one court and one ball? Javmorcas

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics, explained

You may have heard that this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Serge Haroche (from College de France) and David J. Wineland (from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology…

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