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This Throwback Thursday, Please Enjoy The Amazing Legacy Of The Man Who Invented Lasers (Yes, Lasers, Bro!)

Nobel laureate Charles Hard Townes's work paved the way for everything from barcode scanners to Star Wars. He died this week at 99. Between the Flash Gordon radio serials and Star Wars, one man turned the lasers of science fiction into science fact. Show More Summary

Laser's co-inventor, Nobel laureate Charles Townes, dead at 99

Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser, a feat that revolutionized science, medicine, telecommunications and entertainment, has died at age 99, the University of California at Berkeley reported. Show More Summary

Female Writers Who Won Nobel Prizes: INFOGRAPHIC

4 days agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

111 writers have won the Nobel Prize in Literature; only a few of them are female. The team at has created the “13 Female Nobel Laureates in Literature” infographic to celebrate these women. According to, the...Show More Summary

Academics United

The campaign in support of Raif Badawi has been joined by 18 Nobel Laureates who have written to their peers in Saudi Arabia challenging the imposition of a medieval punishment on a young man for writing a blog. Good for them because...Show More Summary

Three minutes to midnight: World is moving closer to ‘doomsday,’ scientists warn

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Climate change and the danger of nuclear war pose an ever-growing threat to civilization and are bringing the world closer to doomsday, a group of prominent scientists and Nobel laureates said Thursday. “It is now three minutes to midnight,” said Kennette Benedict, executive director of...

Death of Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda to be Probed Amid Rumors of Foul Play

Theories that the Nobel Laureate was murdered by the then military junta have swirled for years

Tuesday New Release Day: Crummey; Beauman; Yan; Wisniewski; Kapoor; Galera; Hulse; Hooper; Greenberg; Whitehouse

Out this week: Sweetland by Michael Crummey; Glow by Ned Beauman; Frog by the Nobel laureate Mo Yan; Watch Me Go by Mark Wisniewski; A Bad Character by Deepti Kapoor; Blood-Drenched Beard by Daniel Galera; Black River by S.M. Hulse; Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper; My Father’s Wives by the ESPN host […]

Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie to Address International Nanomedicine Conference

Nobel laureate Martin Chalfie, PhD, will be the keynote speaker at Cedars-Sinai's Nanomedicine for Imaging and Treatment Conference, where two dozen experts from around the world will discuss emerging trends in the study and treatment of diseases at the molecular and atomic levels.

Arrived in my pile

1. Lives of the Laureates: Twenty-three Nobel Economists, edited by Roger W. Spencer and David A. Macpherson.  I know an earlier edition of this book, my favorite piece is the essay by Thomas Schelling but it is a good book throughout. 2. Eric Topol, The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is […]

Living Peace: A Gift for 2015 From the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

Photo by Irina Kalashnikova Violence, war, catastrophes, and the personal affairs of celebrities pass for news these days, but we need more than that. In troubled times like these, the counsel of the wise among us deserve our attention. Last...Show More Summary

Who Is Going To Davos?

2 weeks agoTechnology : Valleywag

In just nine days the world's most self-important people will descend on a tiny ski village in the Alps to rub shoulders with Nobel laureates and big-shot CEOs and talk about very important things like "transformational leadership," "volatility as the new normal," and "designing out poverty." Read more...

'Mother of Bone Marrow Transplantation' Dorothy 'Dottie' Thomas Dies at 92

Dorothy "Dottie" Thomas, wife and research partner to 1990 Nobel laureate E. Donnall Thomas, M.D., died the evening of Friday, Jan. 9. She was 92. Don Thomas, pioneer of the bone marrow transplant and former director of the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, preceded her in death on Oct. 20, 2012, also at age 92.

Measuring Faculty Scholarly Impact Through 'Citation Wake' Analysis, Assessing Scientific Research by 'Citation Wake' Detects Nobel Laureates' Papers: Ranking scientific papers in order of importance is an inherently subjective task, yet that doesn't keep researchers from trying to develop quantitative assessments. In a new paper, scientists have proposed a new measure of assessment that is based on...

Economics Daily Digest: SEC advisors, fossil fuel divestment, poverty and race

By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal Click here to subscribe to Roosevelt First, our weekday morning email featuring the Daily Digest. Nobel Laureate Stiglitz Blocked From SEC Panel After Faulting High-Speed Traders...Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: A short chorus of progressive carols

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2008—Open Thread for Night Owls, Early Birds & Expats: The provocative Nobel laureate Harold Pinter died December 24. Although his work in the theater over the course of 32 plays wasShow More Summary

How Jesus’ Message of Peace & Non-Violence Got Lost

By Mairead Maguire | (Nobel Peace Laureate) BELFAST (IPS) – I recently visited Assisi, the home of St. Francis and St. Clare, two great spirits whose lives have inspired us and millions…

My Roommate

As literary apprenticeships go, it’s hard to beat a chance to live with Doris Lessing. In 1963, not long after the death of Sylvia Plath, Jenny Diski moved in with the future Nobel laureate, who lived just north of King’s Cross in London at the time. In the LRB, Diski recounts her friendship with the […]

Joseph Stiglitz on Why the Rich are Getting Richer -- and Why it Could Get Much Worse

Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz has been writing about America’s economically divided society since the 1960s. His recent book, The Price of Inequality, argues that this division is holding the country back, a topic he has also explored in recent research supported by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and others. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Winning A Nobel Prize And Thinking Differently

last monthIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A fairly sizable list of Nobel laureates suffer from Nobel disease -- a phenomenon in which respected scientists publicly espouse somewhat crazy ideas. Perhaps just being famous also causes this affliction...? Or maybe there should be more research on this topic, worthy of an Ig Nobel award. Show More Summary

Moving the World to Reach Peace and Compassion

How do you learn courage in a society full of fear? This question was addressed at the 14th World Peace Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Peace makers who are changing the world. Peace makers who are leading the way by being the living example. Show More Summary

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