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The official Nobel Prize site continues to impress with the wealth of information available on it. Okay, I don't really need to know the contents of each and every of the Menus at the Nobel Banquet 1901-2013 -- but I do like stuff like...Show More Summary

John Steinbeck's Six Tips On Writing: Four

18 hours agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The Fall 1975 issue of Paris Review featured an interview with novelist John Steinbeck. He won the Pulitzer Prize and was a Nobel laureate, and The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men are still required reading in many...

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE UPDATE: While you were sleeping, Obama re-upped us for another year in Afghanista…

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE UPDATE: While you were sleeping, Obama re-upped us for another year in Afghanistan. “Was Barack Obama conveniently waiting for after the midterm elections to add another year of combat duty to our tour in Afghanistan, or is this just a big coincidence?” Obama’s entire presidency will take place after the 2014 midters […]

Airbnb Thinks It Should Win the Nobel Peace Prize

Airbnb, a company that operates as a vacation home middleman, thinks it's under appreciated. In fact, their "hospitality guru" believes the company should win the Nobel Peace Prize. Read more...

Patrick Modiano's 'Suspended Sentences': Mysteries of existential sort

When Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize for literature in October, a lot of readers (myself included) were taken by surprise. Until now, he has been relatively unknown in the U.S., although he is a bestseller in his native France and winner of the Prix Goncourt who has published steadily since...

Toni Morrison Breaks Down The Reality Of Race On The Colbert Report

Toni Morrison has a way with words, on and off the page. The Nobel Prize winning author joined Stephen Colbert for an interview Wednesday night to discuss her legendary body of work and the reality of race in American society. With the ease and grace of a seasoned comedian, Morrison hit Colbert with a series of jokes in his own studio. Show More Summary

The Queen (Latifah) Is Hosting the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Queen Latifah will be hosting the 21st Annual Nobel Peace Prize concert, which takes place in Oslo, Norway. This means her life has just been a very long set-up to a "U.N.I.T.Y." joke. Read more...

Giving LEDs a cozy, warm glow

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2014--When the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded this October to three Japanese-born scientists for the invention of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs), the prize committee declared LED lamps would light the 21st century. Show More Summary

The Coordinates Of A Nobel Prize

The neuroscientists John O´Keefe from University College London and May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim are this year’s Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine. Together (although more than 30 years apart) they helped us understand how we know where we are, how we know the way from […]

November 19, 1957: Albert Camus’s Beautiful Letter of Gratitude to His Childhood Teacher After Winning the Nobel Prize

4 days agoOdd : Brain Pickings

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Foot and Fry on the Igs

Greg Foot and Hannah Fry, the “Head Squeeze” team from BBC Future, look at a few things that have won Ig Nobel Prizes. They then suggest several other studies that might merit future honors.  Their suggestions for non-winning papers are all things that either did win a prize or are follow-ups to things that won […]

Now You Can Study at the World’s Oldest University

Ruins of ancient Nalanda University. Photo by Bpilgrim/Wikimedia Commons Back in September, a cadre of prominent Indians, including Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, trouped down to Rajgir, Bihar, to mark the opening of a new university. Show More Summary

Malala’s Nobel Prize and the Question of Children’s Rights

Lack of respect for children is revealed in the language used by the Nobel Committee in their award of this year's Peace Prize. It's also revealed in the United Nation's Declaration of the Rights of the Child. read more

SciShow Explains the Science Behind the 2014 Nobel Prize Winners in Physics, Chemistry, and Medicine

last weekOdd : Laughing Squid

SciShow host Hank Green explains the science behind the 2014 Nobel Prize winners in the fields of physics, chemistry, and medicine in a recent episode. The physics prize this year went to a team that developed a blue light-emitting diode (LED), which made possible the white LEDs found in smartphones and LED bulbs. The chemistry […]

Google Lifts the Turing Award Into Nobel Territory

last weekTechnology : Bits

The Turing prize for computer science will be quadrupled to $1 million, a jump funded by Google.

Google makes the 'Nobel Prize of computing' worth $1 million

The Association for Computing Machinery's A.M. Turing Award is often called the "Nobel Prize of computing." Every year since 1966 it's been awarded to an accomplished computer scientist or engineer like Douglas Engelbart, the inventor of the computer...

A Group of Private Schools in Pakistan Observed “I Am Not Malala” Day Yesterday

Yesterday, in a slap in the face to common decency, leaders of a large group of Islamic private schools in Pakistan celebrated "I am not Malala" day, because they see Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai as a black mark on their fait...

Pakistani schools hold anti-Malala day

A network of Pakistani private schools held an "I am not Malala" day on Monday to protest the Nobel Peace Prize winner's support of novelist Salman Rushdie. The All Pakistan Private Schools Federation banned its members from purchasing...Show More Summary

Still More Troops to Iraq?

(Steven Hayward) As Glenn Reynolds likes to say, Nobel Peace Prize update: Obama Says More Troops to Iraq Possible. We’re told that the 1,500 additional troops sent last week are for “training” purposes.  What difference will training...Show More Summary

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