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

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

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 Prize winners in physics explain the implications of an expanding…

By now you've probably heard today's announcement regarding the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. Three U.S. scientists — Saul Perlmutter, Adam Riess, and Brian Schmidt (picture left to right up top) — were honored for their 1998 discovery that our universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. » 10/04/11 1:56pm 10/04/11 1:56pm

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded posthumously…

Earlier today, the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann (pictured left and center, respectively) "for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity;" and to Ralph M. Steinman "for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive… » 10/03/11 3:35pm 10/03/11 3:35pm