Nobel Prize

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Nobel Sciences

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Bob Vosatka science educator at the Liberty Science Center, talks about the breakthroughs that won this week's Nobel Prizes in medicine, physics, and chemistry.   

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Playlist for an (Absent) Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Thursday, December 09, 2010

American violinist Lynn Chang will play at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on Friday. Chinese dissident Liu Xioabo won't be able to attend the ceremony; he's being held in a Chinese prison. Chang tells us why he's chosen the songs in his set-list and whether or not he views the concert as a political affair, a musical event — or both. 


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Nobel Prize for Economics

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Catherine Rampell, economics editor at, discusses the economics behind the Nobel Prize awarded to Peter Diamond, Dale Mortensen and Christopher Pissaride.

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In Vitro Nobel Prize

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Robin Marantz Henig, contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and author of Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution addresses the history and future of IVF treatments in light of the Nobel Prize for Medicine win yesterday.

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What's Your Choice for the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Swedish Academy will announce their choice for the Nobel Prize in Literature tomorrow. If you were on the selection committee, what author would you choose? What book have you read in the last year that is deserving of the Nobel Prize? Leave your answer in the comment section below.

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The Controversies That Still Lie Behind In-Vitro Fertilization?

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded to Robert Edwards yesterday, who developed in vitro fertilization in the 1970. Controversial from its introduction, the practice was initially condemned by the Catholic Church. Today, while many of the original ethical issues have abated, new ones have arisen over questions about the in vitro industry's lack of regulation and the continuing debate surrounding stem cell research.

Glenn Cohen, co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center, and assistant professof or law at Harvard University, believes the number one controversy today is the safety methods surrounding the practice.