The Doctor Who Tested Infectious Bacteria On Himself, And Won A Nobel

In 2005, Barry Marshall and Robin Warren were awarded a Nobel Prize in medicine for their study of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria's role in causing stomach ulcers. But Marshall's experience with the bacteria began much earlier, when he dosed himself with it to test out its effects. » 3/23/15 4:20pm 3/23/15 4:20pm

May Britt Moser looks great in her Nobel neuron dress

I love this. May Britt Moser accepted her Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (shared with Edvard Moser and John O'Keefe) in a dress inspired by her work. Designer Matthew Hubble incorporated neurons in a way that was still pretty and not too costume-y. (More info and an interview w/ the designer over at SciAm). » 12/11/14 5:33pm 12/11/14 5:33pm

The 2014 Nobel Prize for chemistry has been awarded for the development of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. Also called nanoscopy, the technique allows scientists to visualize pathways of individual molecules inside living cells in real time, including those in the brain. The award goes out to German… » 10/08/14 7:00pm 10/08/14 7:00pm

The 2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Goes To The Inventors Of The Blue LED

Congratulations goes out to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura. Some 20 years ago, they invented the blue light-emitting diode, an energy-efficient and environmentally efficient light source with revolutionary implications. » 10/07/14 1:45pm 10/07/14 1:45pm

Nobel Prize In Medicine Awarded To Discoverers Of Brain's "Inner GPS"

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to U.S.-British scientist John O'Keefe and Norwegian couple May-Britt and Edvard Moser for discovering the brain's internal positioning system. » 10/06/14 7:20am 10/06/14 7:20am

This map of Nobel prize winners shows a disturbing level of inequality

Max Fisher from the Washington Post has compiled some maps and charts showing all Nobel Prize winners by region since 1901. Surprisingly, 83% of all Nobel laureates have come from Western countries, revealing a significant amount of scientific inequity around the globe. » 10/16/13 9:35am 10/16/13 9:35am

Chemists Awarded Nobel Prize for "Taking Experiments to Cyberspace"

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel for their contributions to the development of powerful computer programs that model complex chemical systems. » 10/09/13 7:40am 10/09/13 7:40am

The secret formula to winning a Nobel Prize

Be a married, 61-year-old American man with impeccable eyesight and a degree from Harvard University. You should also shave regularly*, as this chart from BBC Future clearly shows. » 10/08/13 1:20pm 10/08/13 1:20pm

Higgs Boson Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Physics

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Francois Englert and Peter Higgs, for their work on the theory of the Higgs boson a.k.a. "The God Particle" a.k.a the elementary particle thought to explain why some other particles have mass a.k.a. the fundamental particle whose discovery Stephen Hawking bet against » 10/08/13 6:50am 10/08/13 6:50am

Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded to Cellular-Transport Researchers

The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof "for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells". » 10/07/13 8:40am 10/07/13 8:40am

How much would you pay for a Nobel Prize medal?

Francis Crick, the guy who co-discovered the molecular structure of DNA back in 1953, died nine years ago. Along with James Watson, he won a Nobel Prize for the groundbreaking scientific discovery — but his family now wants to get rid of it. According to Heritage Auctions, bidding for the gold medal and diploma will… » 2/26/13 9:40am 2/26/13 9:40am

Mapping Nobel Prizes and Notable Laureates

Holy crap this is cool. Over on Brain Pickings, Maria Popova has an exclusive English version of a visualization (originally designed for La Lettura, a Sunday cultural supplement to the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera that features a weekly column dedicated to data visualization) that compares Nobel Prizes and… » 11/29/12 12:12pm 11/29/12 12:12pm

Did this Nobel Prize winner help to launch cancer research, or set it…

In 1926, Johannes Fibiger received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. That much is clear. Ever since then, people have been debating whether or not he should have gotten it, with powerful arguments on both sides. We'll take a quick look at the world's most disputed Nobel Prize. » 10/12/12 9:44am 10/12/12 9:44am

High school report card of John Gurdon, winner of 2012 Nobel Prize for…

On Monday, Cambridge biologist Sir John Gurdon was awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his revolutionary work in the field of stem cell research. Featured here is an excerpt from his high school report card in the subject of biology, circa 1949. (The original report is pictured below.) Gurdon claims… » 10/11/12 1:58pm 10/11/12 1:58pm

Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine Awarded to Revolutionary Stem…

In 1962, Cambridge biologist John Gurdon proved the impossible possible by demonstrating that a fully developed cell, taken from the intestine an adult frog, contained all the genetic information necessary to give rise to an entirely new frog. » 10/08/12 11:37am 10/08/12 11:37am

The story of radioactive super-scientist Marie Curie, as told with…

Marie Curie was a wife, a mother, a scientist, and a self-sacrificing, public-spirited patriot. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the only person in history to be awarded Nobel Prizes in two scientific fields. It really goes without saying that the woman was a badass of the highest order, but… » 4/11/12 4:37pm 4/11/12 4:37pm

Melting down Nobel Prizes to buy bullets and dissolving the awards to…

Winning the Nobel Prize brings with it a diploma, cash award, and a 200 gram medal made of gold. Each medal is specially cast for the winner, emblazoned with his or her name. » 3/31/12 12:30pm 3/31/12 12:30pm

A handful of Nobel Prizes met an unusual end – fodder for the treasury of countries during World War I and II. his 1934 Nobel Prize in…

Nobel committee snubbed JRR Tolkien's storytelling

JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series is one of the most enduring works of literature, a linguistic masterwork that helped spawned the high fantasy genre. But, Tolkien's attention to language and worldbuilding didn't win him fans with the 1961 Nobel jury, which passed him over for the big prize. » 1/07/12 12:00pm 1/07/12 12:00pm

All the winners of this year's Nobel Prizes in science!

The 2011 Nobel Prizes have been announced, honoring preeminent achievements in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, the promotion of peace, and economics. Here's what you need to know about the three science-related Nobel Prizes. » 10/13/11 6:04pm 10/13/11 6:04pm

How Nobel Laureate Ralph Steinman used his own discoveries to treat his…

Last week, scientist Ralph Steinman became the first person in history be be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine posthumously; just three days prior to the award announcement, Steinman passed away following an extended bout with pancreatic cancer. » 10/11/11 2:45pm 10/11/11 2:45pm