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Nobel Prize

  1. Authors Doris Lessing, Barbara Park Pass Away

    Today in Depressing

    Doris Lessing and Barbara Park. One a Nobel Prize-winning novelist, the other a best-selling author of children's books. We're sad to report that both of them have gone to that great book store in the sky.

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  2. Author Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize For Literature

    million dollar lady

    Girls just wanna have the highest literary honor in the world.

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  3. Things We Saw Today: A Pendant for that Game of Thrones Loving Neck You Know

    Things We Saw Today

    You can find this mothery dragony pendant at Pendant Lab on Etsy.

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  4. Peter W. Higgs and François Englert Win Nobel Prize in Physics for the Higgs Boson

    Congratulations, gentlemen. Guess it's time to get your boson.

    The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics is being awarded to Peter W. Higgs and François Englert for their work on theorizing the Higgs boson particle. The Higgs boson has been in the news a lot over the last few years, but Higgs and Englert's work theorizing it took place in the 1960's. It's about time, Nobel Committee.

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  5. How Much is a Nobel Prize Worth? If It’s Francis Crick’s, the Answer is $2 Million

    In 1962 Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work on discovering DNA's double helix structure. There's a cash purse that comes along with the Nobel, but everyone knows the real prize is that everyone will think you're the smartest person in the room for the rest of your life. Unfortunately you can't sell that feeling at auction, but you can sell the medal. So what's a used 1962 Nobel prize actually worth? Crick's Nobel prize just sold at auction for a cool $2 million.

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  6. R.I.P. Oldest Living Nobel Prize Winner, Biologist Rita Levi-Montalcini

    so long and thanks for all the fish

    Yesterday, at the age of 103, Rita Levi-Montalcini died the longest lived Nobel Prize Winner in history, the tenth woman to be elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the co-discoverer of nerve growth factor, and a woman who refused to let her father's ideas about gender or a state's ideas about race keep her from doing some pretty great science.

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  7. Meet 102-Year-Old Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, Who Might Know How to Live Forever

    Clever Girl

    Rita Levi-Montalcini, who will turn 103 on April 22, is the longest-living women to have won the Nobel Prize (for Physiology or Medicine) for her discovery of nerve growth factor, or NGF, a protein crucial for the growth, maintenance, and survival of neurons. She now continues to work every day as a Senator for Life in Italy. The fact that Levi-Montalcini discovered NGF (along with Stanley Cohen) is making people wonder: Has this woman unlocked one of the secrets to longevity? Exhibit A: She's about to turn 103 and still goes to work every day.

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  8. J.R.R. Tolkien Was Passed Over For A Nobel Prize In 1961 For Lord of the Rings

    And That's Terrible

    A Nobel Prize is a goal people in many fields dream about throughout their career, but few actually achieve or live to see. Someone famous who came close? The Lord of the Rings author, J.R.R. Tolkien. Newly released documents have surfaced that reveal the fantasy author was nomniated for a Nobel in literature in 1961 and passed over by the comittee. And oh yeah, he was endorsed by friend and fellow author, C.S. Lewis

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  9. Scientist Dies Three Days Before Being Named Nobel Prize Winner

    The Nobel Prize committee announced its winners for achievements in medicine today, naming cellular biologist Ralph Steinman worthy of the prestigious award. Steinman's award winning work began in 1973 when he identified a new type of cell, the dendritic cell, which plays a key role in the human immune system. Thanks to his ground breaking work, medicine now has a far greater understanding how the body fights off invaders, and how it can sometimes turn on itself. Though Steinman is certainly worthy of the award he is, unfortunately, dead. According to the Seattle Times, Steinman died three days before the Nobel announcements were made leaving the committee unaware of his demise. This puts the Nobel committee in a bit of a tricky situation, since posthumus awards are no longer given by the organization. Two other scientists named in the award, Bruce Beutler and Jules Hoffmann, seem to be in no danger of losing their award, though there is no word whether their shares of the $1.5 million prize will be increased. The Nobel committee has not announced how they will handle the situation, but it is certainly a tragic moment for Steinman's family. Congratulations Dr. Steinman, wherever you are. (via Seattle Times)

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