In the News: The Nobel Prize

Every October the world awaits the announcements of the famous Nobel Prizes, but did you ever wonder how they decide?  Who are these winners, and what exactly are pluripotent cells and g-proteins?  This week’s blog post will help answer these questions and offers links to more information about the Nobel Prize, some of the winners, and some of this year’s  incredible research that won.

The Official Website of the Nobel Prize

http://www.nobelprize.org/

This fact-filled website is full of interesting lists, video interviews, biographies, lectures, history and much more.  Create your own list, take a quiz, post a greeting to the winners, and even play some games.  This is the official website of the Nobel Prize and is run by a subsidiary of the Nobel Foundation.

Daily Beast: 60 Second Guide to Mo Yan

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/11/60-second-guide-to-mo-yan-2012-winner-of-nobel-prize-for-literature.html

The Daily Beast became the online home of Newsweek in 2011.  Their quick guide to Mo Yan includes a short bio, a look at some of his works, and his unique style.  It also has a number of links to more information about him and previous winners.

NEW! Boston Children’s Hospital: About Stem Cells: Pluripotent Stem Cells 101

http://stemcell.childrenshospital.org/about-stem-cells/pluripotent-stem-cells-101/

Sir John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka were awarded jointly the Nobel Prize for Medicine “for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent”.  What are pluripotent stem cells and why are they important?  Children’s Hospital in Boston has broken down the basics of the science and what it all means.

The European Union

http://europa.eu/index_en.htm

The European Union (EU) won the Nobel Peace Prize this year.  This is the English language version of the official site of the EU. It provides current news and upcoming events, EU activities, information on the different institutions and bodies of the EU, official documents, and reaction to the EU’s win.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry-Information for the Public: Cells and Sensibility

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/2012/popular-chemistryprize2012.pdf

A concise and well-illustrated explanation of g-protein couple receptors and the work of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners.  This article was written by the science editors at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the institution that awards the Nobel Prizes.

Physics Today: Serge Haroche and David Wineland share this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics

http://www.physicstoday.org/daily_edition/physics_update/serge_haroche_and_david_wineland_share_this_year_s_nobel_prize_in_physics/1.2862521

“Physics Today is the flagship publication of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), and has been published monthly for more than 50 years”.  This is a link to an article written about this year’s physics prize winners, and their complicated work with quantum particles.

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