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Democracy trumps cash as key to Nobel success

For a scientist to win a Nobel Prize, many things have to come together — ample funding, a supportive environment, even luck. But one rarely recognized factor may be more important than any other: democracy. “Of course, you need to have at least the fundamental resources,” said Swedish virologist Erling…

‘Ig Nobel Awards’ highlight the best in weird science

The tongue-in-cheek Ig Nobel awards were handed to dozens of scientists, including those who confirmed drunk people think they are more attractive and studied the onion enzyme that makes us cry. The Nobel prize spoof honors achievements “that first make people laugh and then make them think,” according to a…

Father of in vitro fertilization Robert Edwards dies at 87

Robert Edwards, the British scientist awarded a Nobel prize for his pioneering work in developing in vitro fertilisation (IVF), died on Monday aged 87, his university announced. “It is with deep sadness that the family announces that Professor Sir Robert Edwards, Nobel prizewinner, scientist and co-pioneer of IVF, passed away…

Taiwanese billionaire launches Asian ‘Nobel prize’

One of Taiwan’s richest men on Monday launched what has been widely touted as the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize, and it is even more lucrative than the famed Swedish award. Samuel Yin, head of the sprawling Ruentex business empire, said that by donating Tw$3 billion ($101 million) for…

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