Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka.
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Wole Soyinka’s writing has explored the same themes for decades.
What makes a nation wealthy?
Economic growth of countries needs many ingredients. Getting the recipe just right is important.
It’s the oldest light in the universe.
Har Gobind Khorana pieced together how DNA encoded for the proteins that life relies on.
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Khorana rose from humble beginnings in India to decipher the genetic code. But his enormous contribution to science has been largely overlooked.
The death of Jacob Frank.
The Nobel Laureate’s new experimental epic is a masterful account of the life of a self-proclaimed Messiah.
The discovery of the cystic fibrosis gene led to treatments and long-term survival for patients.
Unlocking the genetic cause of cystic fibrosis, and identifying treatments, has moved the prognosis from near certain death in infancy, to a median survival in Canada of 52 years.
Frederick Banting and John Macleod.
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Meet the feuding scientists who battled for credit over the discovery of insulin.
Research groups supported by the U.S. BRAIN Initiative recently released the most comprehensive map of cell types in the motor cortex of humans, monkeys and mice.
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Scientists have been mapping the brain for centuries. New visualization tools bring them one step closer to understanding where thoughts come from and new ways to treat neurological disorders.
While ivermectin was originally used to treat river blindness, it has also been repurposed to treat other human parasitic infections.
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Ivermectin has been a lifesaving drug for people with parasitic infections like river blindness and strongyloidiasis. But taking it for COVID-19 may result in the opposite effect.
When the reporter becomes the story.
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The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to two courageous journalists who have faced repression and death by doing their work.
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Muratov’s Nobel will be a boon to Russian investigative journalism.
Press freedom fighter: Maria Ressa.
How Maria Ressa grew a Facebook page into the Philippines’ most credible independent news services in the face of government intimidation.
Frances Arnold received the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
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Science fields are improving at being more inclusive. But explicit and implicit barriers still hold women back from advancing in the same numbers as men to the upper reaches of STEM academia.
Gurnah won the prize for his “uncompromising and compassionate” look at the “effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugees”.
Abdulrazak Gurnah during the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017.
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The power in Gurnah’s writing lies in his ability to complicate the Manichean divisions of enemies and friends.
Many catalysts currently used to make many drugs are expensive and can produce toxic byproducts.
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Dave MacMillon and Ben List both developed simple catalysts that make precise chemical reactions much faster and more efficient.
Nobel prizewinning research has revealed the various molecules that help us sense temperature, touch, pain, and even the positioning of our body parts.
The Earth’s weather and climate interactions form one of the most complex systems imaginable.
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Modern climate and weather models can predict what the weather will be next week and what the climate may be in 100 years. They would not exist without Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi.
Giorgio Parisi’s work has helped us tease predictable patterns from complexity.
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The work of Italian physicist Giorgio Parisi has helped predict the unpredictable, from changes in the climate to the movements of flocks of starlings.
David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian are this year’s winners.
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These discoveries could help us treat a variety of conditions in the future – including chronic pain.