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Nobel prize in chemistry awarded for development of lithium-ion batteries – as it happened

John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino made laureates for development that sparked portable technology revolution• Report: chemistry Nobel given to lithium-ion battery researchers 12.26pm BST And there we leave the chemistry prize for another year. Huge congratulations go to John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries.Here is my colleague Nicola Davis’s news story on the prize: Related: Nobel prize in chemistry awa...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Science, Sweden, Environment, World news, Chemistry, People in science, Nobel prizes, Energy Storage, Royal Society, Science prizes, Venki Ramakrishnan, John B Goodenough, Nicola Davis, Goodenough


Nobel prize in chemistry awarded for development of lithium-ion batteries – live!

John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino made laureates for development that sparked portable technology revolution• Report: chemistry Nobel given to lithium-ion battery researchers 11.28am BST If you missed the announcement... here it is againWatch the very moment the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is announced.Presented by Göran K. Hansson, Secretary General of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.#NobelPrize pic.twitter.com/PM8X2S3Zy4 11.25am BST In this interview wi...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Science, Sweden, Environment, World news, Chemistry, People in science, Nobel prizes, Energy Storage, Science prizes, John Goodenough, John B Goodenough, Akira Yoshino, Stanley Whittingham, Göran K Hansson


Nobel prize in chemistry awarded for work on lithium-ion batteries

John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino honoured for development that sparked portable technology revolutionThe Nobel prize in chemistry has been awarded to three scientists for their work in developing lithium-ion batteries.John B Goodenough of the University of Texas at Austin, M Stanley Whittingham of Binghamton University and Akira Yoshino of Meijo University will receive equal shares of the 9m Swedish kronor (£74o,000) prize, which was announced by the Royal Swedish Acade...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Science, Sweden, Environment, World news, Chemistry, People in science, Nobel prizes, Energy Storage, Science prizes, Stockholm, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, John B Goodenough, Akira Yoshino, Stanley Whittingham


Nobel prize in chemistry to be awarded – live!

This year’s laureates will shortly be announced at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm 10.15am BST The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has handed out 110 Nobel prizes in chemistry since 1901. They have gone to 181 individuals with Frederick Sanger being the only double chemistry laureate, winning in 1958 for his work on the structure of insulin and in 1980 for DNA sequencing. Frances Arnold, who was awarded the prize in 2018, is just one of five female chemistry laureates. ...
Tags: Europe, Science, Sweden, Boston, World news, Chemistry, People in science, Oxford University, Nobel prizes, Baltimore, Science prizes, Stockholm, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Frederick Sanger


Nobel prize in physics awarded for work on cosmology – live!

James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz honoured for ‘improving our understanding of evolution of universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos’ 11.27am BST Here’s James Peebles in 2017 talking about the history of modern cosmology at the Perimeter Institute in Canada. 11.23am BST James Peebles’ work shone a light on the universe’s structure and history and laid the foundations for cosmology for the past 50 years. The big bang model describes how the universe evolved over nearly 14bn y...
Tags: Europe, Science, Sweden, World news, Physics, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Didier Queloz, James Peebles, James Peebles Michel Mayor, Perimeter Institute in Canada


Nobel prize in physics awarded to cosmology and exoplanet researchers

James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz honoured for for ‘improving our understanding of evolution of universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos’Nobel prize in physics - follow it liveThree scientists have been awarded the 2019 Nobel prize in physics for groundbreaking discoveries about the evolution of the Universe and the Earth’s place within it.The Canadian scientist James Peebles has been awarded half of the 9m Swedish kronor (£740,000) prize for his theoretical discoveries about the evo...
Tags: Europe, Science, Sweden, World news, Earth, Physics, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Michel Mayor, Didier Queloz, James Peebles, James Peebles Michel Mayor


Nobel prize in physics to be awarded – live!

The winners of the prize will share 9m Swedish kronor – follow along here to find out who this year’s laureates will be 10.43am BST Here’s Göran K. Hansson, Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and the chap who gets to make the calls. You have to admit he’s well turned out for the occasion.If your phone rings, pick up! It might be Secretary General, Göran K. Hansson, trying to reach you with some important news. #Physics #NobelPrize pic.twitter.com/M72GCZqZVX 10.36am ...
Tags: Europe, Science, Sweden, World news, Physics, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Alfred Nobel, Hannah Devlin, Göran K Hansson


Nobel prize in medicine awarded to hypoxia researchers – live!

William G Kaelin, Sir Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg L Semenza share award for work on how cells adapt to oxygen availabilityNobel prize in medicine awarded to hypoxia researchers 11.07am BST This year’s prize is a true physiology award. At its heart is the body’s response to low oxygen conditions. When the body is deprived of oxygen, there is a rise in the hormone erythropoietin (EPO) – this then boosts the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body. But how does a drop i...
Tags: Europe, Science, Sweden, World news, Medical Research, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Peter Ratcliffe, William Kaelin, Gregg L Semenza, William G Kaelin


Nobel prize in medicine awarded to hypoxia researchers

William G Kaelin, Sir Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg L Semenza share 9m Swedish kronor prize for work on how cells adapt to oxygen availabilityThree scientists have shared this year’s Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for discovering how cells respond to varying oxygen levels in the body, one of the most essential adaptive processes for life.William Kaelin Jr at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard University in Massachusetts; Sir Peter Ratcliffe at Oxford University and the Francis Crick...
Tags: Europe, Science, London, Sweden, Massachusetts, World news, Medical Research, Harvard University, People in science, Oxford University, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Francis Crick Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Maryland


Nobel prize in physiology or medicine – live!

The first of this year’s prizes is about to be announced at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm 10.15am BST My colleague Ian Sample hit a home run last year with his prediction that Allison would be a winner, which more or less exhausts our team’s luck for backing the right horse for the rest of the century. But there are no shortage of contenders for this year’s prize.Among them are the scientists behind the gene-editing technique known as Crispr – although this has also been tipped for t...
Tags: Europe, Science, Sweden, World news, Medical Research, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Stockholm, Karolinska Institute, Allison, Ian Sample, James P Allison, Tasuku Honjo


The long battle against infectious diseases | Letters

Readers respond to a recent article and letter published in the GuardianI would like to clarify that, contrary to your article (The microbes are fighting back, and if anyone thinks there is a simple solution, they are wrong, 25 January), a few decades ago precisely no one in drug discovery thought that the war against infectious diseases had been won. Sir Alexander Fleming, who first discovered antibiotics, warned of microbial resistance and it has been known about ever since.The reason drug com...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Biology, China, Society, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, People in science, Antibiotics, Alexander Fleming, Dominic PyeResearch


Albert Einstein's 'God letter' reflecting on religion auctioned for $3m

Missive that calls the Bible ‘a collection of primitive legends’ was expected to fetch only half that muchA handwritten missive by Albert Einstein known as the “God letter” fetched almost $3m at auction on Tuesday.Christie’s auction house in New York stated on Tuesday afternoon that the letter, including the buyer’s premium, fetched $2.89m under the hammer. That was almost twice the expected amount. Continue reading...
Tags: New York, Science, Religion, World news, US news, Physics, Culture, Judaism, Christianity, Atheism, The Bible, Albert Einstein, People in science, Christie


Gene-edited girls as a Monolith moment | Letter

The controversial gene-editing breakthrough claimed by Dr He Jiankui may be a pivotal moment in human development, says Doug ClarkThere have been many 2001: A Space Odyssey Monoliths in mankind’s history: the wheel, the development of agriculture, the internal combustion engine. Not all of these, however, have been physical. There have been several such step-changes in our thinking, our ethics and morals. The Christian church has fought against many of these. Galileo was only one of the most fam...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, Religion, World news, Genetics, Asia Pacific, Ethics, People in science, Shenzhen, Gene, Gene Editing, Southern University of Science and Technology, He Jiankui, Doug ClarkThere, Doug ClarkCurrie Midlothian


Albert Einstein's 'God letter' reflecting on religion up for auction

The letter, written in 1954 by the physicist, calls the Bible ‘a collection of primitive legends’A celebrated handwritten missive by the physicist Albert Einstein, known as the “God letter”, is expected to fetch up to $1.5m (£1.2m) when it goes under the hammer at Christie’s in New York on Tuesday.The one-and-a-half page letter, written in 1954 in German and addressed to the philosopher Eric Gutkind, contains reflections on God, the bible and Judaism. Continue reading...
Tags: New York, Science, Religion, World news, Physics, Albert Einstein, People in science, Christie, Judaism Continue, Eric Gutkind


Hard Brexit could cripple UK science, say Nobel scientists

Dozens of prizewinners write letter to May and Juncker setting out their concernsA coalition of Nobel laureates has said a hard Brexit could cripple UK science, in a letter to Theresa May and the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker.The letter, signed by 29 Nobel prizewinners and six Fields medallists, says the UK “must now strive to ensure that as little harm as possible is done to research”. Continue reading...
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Hard Brexit could cripple UK science, say Nobel prizewinners

Dozens of scientists write letter to May and Juncker setting out their concernsA coalition of Nobel laureates has said a hard Brexit could cripple UK science, in a letter to Theresa May and the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker.The letter, signed by 29 Nobel prizewinners and six Fields medallists, says the UK “must now strive to ensure that as little harm as possible is done to research”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Education, Research, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Higher Education, Jean Claude Juncker, Science policy, People in science


Brexit, cutting ourselves off from our past, and from science funding | Letters

Letters from Prehistoric Society president Clive Gamble, British Academy Europe liaison chair Helen Wallace, Steve Peers and Louise Rowntree and Kelvin AppletonHow hard can it be for the government to stop its Brexit dithering for a moment and remove the planning blight surrounding EU research funding (‘We haven’t got a plan B’: Academics race to safeguard research amid Brexit fears, 16 October)? Archaeology may deal in timescales of many thousands of years but the crisis looming in two years’ t...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Science, Education, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Higher Education, Nicola Sturgeon, Archaeology, Science policy, Universities, People in science, Article 50, Brexit


Female Nobel prize winner deemed not important enough for Wikipedia entry

Site moderator rejected submission for Donna Strickland, the first female physics winner in 55 years, in March When the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm announced the Nobel prize for physics this week, anyone wanting to find out more about one of the three winners would have drawn a blank on Wikipedia. Related: Physics Nobel prize won by Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Science, Wikipedia, Americas, World news, Canada, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Stockholm, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Donna Strickland, Arthur Ashkin Gérard Mourou


Frances H Arnold, George P Smith and Gregory P Winter win Nobel prize in chemistry

Briton and two Americans honoured for using evolutionary principles to develop proteins that have been used in new drugs and medical treatmentsThree scientists have won the Nobel prize in chemistry for their work in harnessing evolution to produce new enzymes and antibodies.British scientist Sir Gregory P Winter and Americans Frances H Arnold and George P Smith will share the 9m Swedish kronor (£770,000) prize, awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, World news, Chemistry, Medical Research, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Frances H Arnold, George P Smith, Frances H Arnold George P Smith, Gregory P Winter, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Continue


Nobel physics prize winners include first female laureate for 55 years – as it happened

American Arthur Ashkin, Frenchman Gérard Mourou and Canadian Donna Strickland share annual award for advances in laser physics• Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland win physics Nobel 12.34pm BST Thanks for joining us for the live coverage of the 2018 Nobel prize for physics. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to find out who has scooped the prize for chemistry.The last thoughts on today’s award are from Dr Amelle Zaïr from King’s College London, who is a lecturer in advanced pho...
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Physics Nobel prize won by Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland

American, Frenchman and Canadian share 9m Swedish kronor (£770,000) prize for work in laser physics• Nobel physics prize awarded – as it happenedThree scientists have been awarded the 2018 Nobel prize in physics for creating groundbreaking tools from beams of light.The American physicist Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou from France, and Donna Strickland in Canada will share the 9m Swedish kronor (£770,000) prize announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on Tuesday. Strickland i...
Tags: Science, France, World news, Physics, Canada, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Stockholm, Strickland, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Donna Strickland, Arthur Ashkin Gérard Mourou, American Frenchman


Nobel physics prize winners include first female laureate for 55 years – live

American Arthur Ashkin, Frenchman Gérard Mourou and Canadian Donna Strickland share annual award for advances in laser physics 11.15am BST That’s a wrap on the press conference! Here’s a useful graphic on Strickland and Mourou’s work from the Nobel prize team:Ultra-sharp laser beams make it possible to cut or drill holes in various materials extremely precisely – even in living matter. Millions of eye operations are performed every year with the sharpest of laser beams.#NobelPrize pic.twitte...
Tags: Science, World news, Physics, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Strickland, Donna Strickland, Arthur Ashkin Frenchman Gérard Mourou, Mourou, Ashkin


Nobel prize for medicine won by cancer researchers – live

Two immunologists, American James P Allison and Japanese Tasuku Honjo, win annual award for work on a new approach to cancer treatment 11.11am BST It’ll be interesting to hear who, if anyone, may have been overlooked for the 2018 medicine prize. Back in 2016, Thomson Reuters came up with the following “citation laureates” - their predicted contenders for the Nobel based on how often work is cited.For explaining how CD28 and CTLA-4 are regulators of T cell activation, modulating immune respon...
Tags: Science, World news, Medical Research, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Thomson Reuters, Jim, Allison, CTLA, James P Allison, Tasuku Honjo


The Nobel prize in physiology or medicine 2018 – live

The first of the year’s most prestigious awards will be announced by the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm 10.06am BST The 2017 Nobel prize in medicine went to three US researchers for their decades-long effort to unravel the workings of the 24-hour body clock. Jeffrey Hall at the University of Maine, Michael Rosbash at Brandeis University, and Michael Young at the Rockefeller University, all witnessed first hand disruption to their circadian rhythms when they heard the...
Tags: Science, Sweden, US, World news, Medical Research, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Stockholm, Karolinska Institute, Rockefeller University, Brandeis University, Nobel Assembly, Michael Young, Jeffrey Hall, University of Maine Michael Rosbash


Plans for £100m Nobel Centre blocked by Swedish court

David Chipperfield-designed centre would harm Stockholm waterfront, court rulesA Swedish court has blocked the construction of a major new Nobel Centre in Stockholm intended as the future venue for the world’s most prestigious arts and science awards. The 1.2bn krona (£100m) brass-clad structure, designed by the British architect David Chipperfield, would harm the capital’s picturesque waterfront, a cultural heritage site, the land and environmental court ruled on Tuesday. Continue reading...
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Laureates gather in Stockholm for 2017 Nobel prize ceremony

On Sunday the King of Sweden will present Nobel winners with their awards, amid criticism that this year’s science prizes lacked diversityThe 2017 Nobel laureates will be presented with their awards by the King of Sweden during a ceremony in Stockholm on Sunday.The laureates include three American physicists who were recognised for their contributions to the first observations of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were anticipated by Albert Einstein a century ago. Anoth...
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Doctor wins 2017 John Maddox prize for countering HPV vaccine misinformation

Riko Muranaka awarded prize for efforts to explain jabs’s safety amid scare campaigns which have seen Japanese vaccination rate fall from over 70% to 1%A Japanese doctor who has stood up to a campaign of misinformation around a common anti-cancer vaccine has won a prestigious prize for championing evidence in the face of hostility and personal threats.Riko Muranaka at Kyoto University was awarded the 2017 John Maddox prize on Thursday for her efforts to explain the safety of the human papilloma ...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, People in science, Vaccines and immunisation, Science and scepticism, Science prizes, Hpv Vaccine, Cervical Cancer, Kyoto University, John Maddox, Riko Muranaka


Apollo 14 song: a hymn to God, or to the Nazis? | Letter

Stephen Sedley speculates on links between How Great Thou Art, the Horst Wessel Song and Wernher von Braun’s contribution to the US space programmeTim Radford’s review of The Earth Gazers by Christopher Potter (Review, 7 October) notes that the American astronaut Stuart Roosa played the hymn How Great Thou Art as his craft, Apollo 14, approached the moon. The review goes on to discuss the contribution of the ex-SS officer (and, in the view of many, war criminal) Wernher von Braun to the US space...
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Nobel prize in chemistry awarded for method to visualise biomolecules

Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson receive £825,000 prize for developing method for generating 3D images of life-building structuresFollow live reaction to the chemistry Nobel announcementThe Nobel prize in chemistry has been awarded to three scientists for developing a technique to produce images of the molecules of life frozen in time. Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson will receive equal shares of the 9m Swedish kronor (£825,000) prize, which was announce...
Tags: Science, World news, Chemistry, People in science, Nobel prizes, Science prizes, Stockholm, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Richard Henderson, Jacques Dubochet Joachim Frank


Why discovering gravitational waves was a big deal – video

Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of spacetime and were anticipated by Albert Einstein a century ago.  Three American physicists have won the Nobel prize in physics for the discovery. We explain why it is so importantNobel prize in physics awarded for discovery of gravitational waves Continue reading...
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