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Seinabo Sey performing at the 2015 Nobel Banquet. Dan Lepp © Nobel Media AB 2015

The Nobel Prizes’ controversial push for popularity

This year, the Nobel Prizes are trying to reach a wider – and younger – audience. However, critics argue that the commercial partners needed to fund the awards' many extraneous events are compromising their integrity.
Master of the short story: Alice Munro. Julien Behal/PA

Alice Munro Nobel a victory for the neglected short story

The announcement of Alice Munro as 2013’s winner of the Nobel Prize for literature marks the high point in the 82-year old writer’s long career, but also a significant recognition for the form with which…
Graeme Carrick (left) was the first person in the world to receive a commercial cochlear implant invented by Graeme Clark (right). David Crosling/AAP

Cochlear implant creator honoured with top US prize

The creator of the cochlear implant - a revolutionary device that enables people born or made deaf through disease or trauma to hear and recognise speech - has won a top international award in clinical…
Shinya Yamanaka and John Gurdon have received the 2012 Nobel prize for Physiology or Medicine. AAP

Nobel prize winners prove that success can be cloned

The 2012 Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology has been awarded to John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka, “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent”. A pluripotent cell…
For Brian Schmidt, and the rest of us, the universe is expanding. Enzo Amato

Brian Schmidt: in conversation

Professor Brian Schmidt was part of the team that won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae”. The consequences…
Nobel Laureates: Princeton University professor Christopher Sims (left) and Thomas Sargent, a New York University economist and visiting professor at Princeton. AAP

US economists win Nobel Prize for cause and effect theories

Two US economists have been named the 2011 winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics for their research on how economies are…
Professor Brian Schmidt helped discover that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating. Belinda Pratten

Australian astrophysicist wins Nobel Prize

An astrophysicist from the Australian National University has jointly won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for his part in…

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