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    Nobel’s sharp cuts

    On July 4, 2012, Gerald Guralnik was in a packed room at CERN savoring the discovery of the Higgs boson, which confirmed a theory he proposed nearly 50 years ago. 

    No such celebration occurred Oct. 8. Guralnik was home when he learned online that physicists François Englert and Peter Higgs had won the Nobel Prize in physics for formulating the same theory. “I’m happy for Englert and...

    10/16/2013 - 13:38 Particle Physics
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    Simulating reactions in cyberspace earns Nobel Prize in chemistry

    Research that created computer simulations of complex chemical reactions has won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

    Martin Karplus of Harvard University and the University of Strasbourg, Michael Levitt of Stanford University and Arieh Warshel of the University of Southern California will share the prize.

    Using computer programs that marry the power of quantum physics with the low...

    10/09/2013 - 12:49 Chemistry, Quantum Physics
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    Solving chemical experiments in cyberspace wins scientists Nobel Prize in chemistry

    Guest post by Beth Mole and Meghan Rosen

    Computer modeling of complex chemical processes has earned three scientists the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry. The mysterious and lightning fast chemical reactions that transfer electrons between atoms have been impossible to observe by the naked eye. The three scientists who take home the prize have harnessed the power of computing to simulate...

    10/09/2013 - 06:34 Chemistry
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    Higgs owes his Nobel to an editor and a biologist

    From my archive, on Peter Higgs and his boson.

    I interviewed Higgs, who has just won the Nobel Prize for his prediction of the subatomic particle known as the Higgs boson, only briefly. It was during a coffee-break conversation after a talk he gave in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 2001. And I took his picture.

    In his talk, describing the events that led to the prediction of his boson, he...

    10/08/2013 - 15:40 Particle Physics
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    2013 Nobels decades in the making

    The 2013 Nobel Prizes in chemistry, physics and physiology or medicine are all potent reminders that science, though studded with the occasional brilliant flash of insight, almost always takes years of persistent toil to move forward.

    This year’s physics laureates, Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburgh and François Englert of the Université Libre de...

    10/08/2013 - 12:54 Science & Society
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    Higgs field prediction lands Nobel Prize in physics

    The prediction of the mass-bestowing Higgs field and the famous particle that goes with it has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics.

    The Nobel committee selected Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and François Englert of the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, who in 1964 separately proposed the existence of a field that permeates the cosmos and gives...

    10/08/2013 - 12:25 Particle Physics
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    Higgs boson wins scientists Nobel Prize in physics

    The 1964 prediction of the Higgs boson, which was finally confirmed last year, has won the Nobel Prize in physics.

    By identifying the Higgs particle, physicists confirmed the existence of a field that permeates the cosmos and gives mass to certain elementary particles that make up stars, planets and people. The discovery also completed the standard model, which describes the universe's...

    10/08/2013 - 07:13 Particle Physics
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    Medicine Nobel goes to cellular transport research

    Research on the machinery that guides intracellular bubbles stuffed with molecular cargo has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. The Nobel committee selected Randy Schekman of the University of California, Berkeley, James Rothman of the Yale School of Medicine, and Thomas Südhof of Stanford University to share the award.

    Working independently, the...

    10/07/2013 - 11:42 Biomedicine, Physiology
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    Cellular transport research wins Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology

    Research on vesicle transport has won the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology.  

    Three men will share the honor for their work describing how small membrane bubbles loaded with molecules get sorted to the correct part of the cell. Shuttling of vesicles is necessary to move resources around cells. Determining the machinery involved in such transport and how it is controlled has led to a...

    10/07/2013 - 05:58 Biomedicine, Physiology, Science & Society