Tagged: Nobel Prize

Radium revealed: 120 years since Curies found the most radioactive substance on the planet - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 26, 2018

Stephen Mansell, Heriot-Watt University Scientific discovery can be achingly slow, but it was moving swiftly in the 1890s. X-rays had been discovered in Germany just a few days before Christmas in 1895. Several months later, while researching these new X-rays, the French physicist Henri Becquerel accidentally discovered another new mysterious type of ray when he … Read More

How fair is it for just three people to receive the Nobel Prize in physics? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 24, 2018

Caroline Wagner, The Ohio State University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The Nobel Foundation statutes decree that “in no case” can a Nobel Prize be divided between more than three people. So it may not raise many eyebrows that the 2017 award in physics went to just … Read More

The Curious Case of Stem Cells - News

Guest Author Dec 19, 2017

Much like Benjamin Button, mature cells may soon be able to revert to a state earlier in their development – one where they can become any cell type. New research in Australia,published by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, has moved us one step forward in the effort to produce these induced pluripotent stem cells … Read More

NZ Visas for Nobel winners? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 24, 2016

Sir Clive Granger won the Nobel Prize in Economics while a visitor at the University of Canterbury’s Economics Department. He loved visiting us. And we loved having him visit us. One of my favourite Sir Clive stories, which predated my joining the Department, was of a departmental seminar where he, as usual, sat quietly at the back of the room. Read More

The closest thing to a Kiwi Nobel for now - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin May 27, 2016

New Zealand mathematician Roy Kerr was last night presented with the prestigious Crafoord Prize, basically the equivalent of a Nobel Prize, at a ceremony in Sweden. Kerr, who is a sprightly 82, shared the prize with Stanford University theoretical astrophysicist Professor Roger Blandford. The prize for astronomy and mathematics (it rotates through certain disciplines year to year) comes with … Read More

Nobel 2013 - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Oct 15, 2013

Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won this year’s Nobel in Economics. If you ask an economist for stock portfolio advice, he’ll likely tell you to get a diversified index fund with low management fees because picking winners is awfully hard. How do we know this? Eugene Fama. Here’s Alex Tabarrok on Fama: As an undergraduate Fama … Read More

Learning from the Laureates: Mario Molina on climate change - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 05, 2013

University of Canterbury PhD chemistry student Sandra Atkinson is one of 15 young scientists from around the world selected to attend a five day event following the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany. She is rubbing shoulders with Nobel Laureates all week and blogging about it here on Sciblogs… Today is our last set of lectures. It is the end of … Read More

Nobel Prize for DNA structure for sale - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 26, 2013

The family of Francis Crick are to sell his Nobel Prize Medal and diploma, won for his work on the structure of DNA. [caption id="attachment_10703" align="alignleft" width="220"] (Source: wikimedia.org)[/caption] Crick’s 1962 Nobel Prize Physiology or Medicine was shared with American James Watson and New Zealander* Maurice Wilkins, for their work on the structure of … Read More