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Ig Nobel Prizes Honor Research on Pork and Poop

More than 1,000 people gathered at Harvard's Sanders Theatre yesterday to celebrate the 24th annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, which includes such traditions as throwing paper airplanes and seeing who wins a date with a Nobel laureate. But the real treat is the science itself—which, in addition to...

Why Al Gore Is Hopeful on Global Warming

Al Gore is hopeful In fact, the Nobel Laureate, who has spent years solemnly sounding the alarm on global warming, now sounds positively chipper. In an interview with Mashable this week, he argued with the conviction of a barnstorming...Show More Summary

The Struggle Towards Peace

"In reality there is nothing glamorous, naive or idealistic about peace. Peace is not a dream. It is hard work. It is a path that we must all choose and then persevere in." - Oscar Arias Sánchez, Nobel Laureate in Peace The art of getting your point across and being open for the view of others at the same time -- this is constructive dialogue. Show More Summary

A poetic tribute from Case to Shiller, on the real-estate bubble, of course

At a conference Friday at Yale University in honor of newly minted Nobel laureate Robert Shiller, economist Karl Case of Wellesley College paid tribute to his long-time research partner with an original poem on the lessons of the real-estate bubble and its aftermath.

Should Scotland Reclaim Its Independence?

David Boaz At USA Today, I write about Scottish independence, which the Scottish people will vote on this coming Thursday. I note that the late Nobel laureate Gary Becker wrote in 2005, like Simon Lester today, that the disadvantages...Show More Summary

Video Interlude: Take a Breathtaking Ride to the Top of Mt. Wilson's Solar Tower

The 1904 Mt. Wilson Observatory has a critical place in astronomy history: "It is where Nobel laureate Albert Michelson determined the speed of light, Edwin Hubble proved that the universe was expanding, and where, 100 years ago last month,...

Why a Market Correction Now Would be the Best Scenario

Current market projections are diverse. Nobel Laureate in economics Jeremy Siegel says he is still not concerned with valuations and has upped his previous projection of 18,000 for the Dow by year-end to "possibly 19,000".

A Few Last Words

It’s been a year since Nobel laureate and Irish poet Seamus Heaney passed away. His publishers are releasing a final collection of his poetry in November. In The Irish Independent, a brief retrospective on Heaney’s legacy, which includes his wife’s unique way of expressing her gratitude to his friends. You could also read Trent Morris’s […]

Top stories in health and medicine, September 2, 2014

From MedPage Today: Reflections on Effect of Stand Up To Cancer. The week before Stand Up To Cancer’s (SU2C) fourth-biennial live 1-hour commercial-free prime time roadblock telecast on Sept. 5, Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, shared his views about the efficacy of this mass media approach to educating the public about cancer and cancer research. […]

Nobel Laureates, Halo Effects And Idiosyncratic Markets

By Frances Coppola: Chatting to a young Indonesian economist over breakfast this morning, I discovered that his impression of Nobel laureates had been radically changed by the Lindau meeting. "I used to think that being a Nobel Laureate meant being a world expert in economics," he said. Show More Summary

Joe Stiglitz: We Need Fair Taxes For All

Here's a nice Labor Day topic: economic inequality! Listen to Joe Stiglitz: BILL MOYERS: This week on Moyers & Company, Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz. JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ: Our democracy is now probably better described as one dollar, one vote than one person, one vote. Show More Summary

Lessing's books to Harare

As New Zimbabwe reports, Lessing donated entire book collection to Harare, as Nobel laureate Doris Lessing: bequeathed her entire personal collection of over 3,000 books to the Harare City Library in Zimbabwe. Interesting also to learn: A...Show More Summary

Why do nations fight? Prestige, mostly

Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman has some powerful insights into the economic motivation for war in his recent New York Times op-ed. He worries that some modern wars may be deliberately conceived as a distraction from bad economic...Show More Summary

Nobel gurus fear globalisation is going horribly wrong (technical)

David Ricardo's Theory of Comparative Advantage has broken down after 200 years, or so I learned at the Lindau forum of Nobel laureates in Bavaria. The theory published in 1817 has been a guiding principle of free trade, taken as a given by every student of economics in the modern era. It has served us [...]

Rugby Union - Springboks need more black players: Tutu

- South Africa's Springbok rugby team should include more black players, Nobel peace prize laureate and leading anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu said Friday.

Nobel Laureate: 'Historians Are Going To Tar And Feather Europe's Central Bankers' (VGK, GREK, EWQ, EWI, EWP, EWU, DIA, SPX, SPY, QQQ)

Peter Diamond, an MIT professor who won the Nobel Prize for economics in 2010, told The Telegraph that, "Historians are going to tar and feather Europe's central bankers." Diamond told The Telegraph's Ambrose Evans-Pritchard that, "Young people in Spain and Italy who hit the job market in this recession are going to be affected for decades. Show More Summary

Being at One With Desmond Tutu

It's almost like being on the side of the angels, claiming kinship-by-association with Desmond Tutu. Ever since the retired Anglican bishop, South African social activist, Nobel laureate and all-around pretty saintly gentleman came out in favor of this writer's cause, Death with Dignity, it's been a cause for celebration. Show More Summary

Kidneys and housing bubbles

WE ARE covering the 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences, held in a small, pretty Bavarian town. It is a unique event, with about half the living Nobel laureates in attendance. Each gives a talk about their research and then leads a small class to a select group of young economists. Show More Summary

Have Blog, Will Travel

I am here today: 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences 19-23 August 2014, Lindau, Germany Lindau Meeting of the Laureates of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel The 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences...

Economist Daniel Kahneman on Why You Shouldn't Trust Your Gut

Nobel Laureate and bestselling author explains why entrepreneurs should rely on data to predict outcomes--not their intuition.

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