Latest Nobel Prize Stories

2009-09-23 08:00:00

STOCKHOLM, September 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Nobelprize.org announces the launch of Nerve Signaling ( http://nobelprize.org/educational_games/medicine/nerve_signaling/), a new educational multimedia production for high school students and educators. It illustrates and explains how the Nobel Prize awarded achievements in Physiology or Medicine have contributed to our understanding of the nervous system. Nerve Signaling, the first production within the AstraZeneca Nobel Medicine Initiative,...

2009-04-20 08:00:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Arts & Sciences today announced the election of leaders in the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs, and the nonprofit sector. The 210 new Fellows and 19 Foreign Honorary Members join one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and a center for independent policy research. The scholars, scientists, jurists, writers, artists, civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders come...

2009-03-17 07:05:00

It was the Great Depression in rural Minnesota; from her small cabin with no utilities, Martha Linsley, a certified teacher, fought school district administrators for the right to home-school her two children; defending her gifted son, who would eventually be nominated for a Nobel Physics Prize, she was threatened with fines - and even jail time (http://www.deardaddy.com) PARK RAPIDS, Minn., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- When Martha Linsley brought her two children, Ruth and John, to the tiny...

2009-01-27 07:00:00

Nobel laureate, creator of femtochemistry, global speaker and advocate for science education will be honored at Heritage Day 2009, a full-day ceremony beginning with the 12th annual presentation of the Othmer Gold Medal. PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) has named Ahmed Zewail, Nobel laureate in chemistry (1999), to receive the 2009 Othmer Gold Medal. The award ceremony and the annual Othmer Gold Medal luncheon will open the seventh...

2008-12-18 16:33:32

A Swedish prosecutor said Thursday that Nobel Prize jurors are under investigation on suspicion of bribery for accepting all-expense-paid visits to China in 2006 and 2008 to discuss the awards. Nils-Erik Schultz said he opened the probe to determine whether the trips were intended to sway the decisions of the Nobel committees.  The anti-corruption prosecutor declined to name the jurors or specify how many were under investigation. The Nobel Prizes are awarded annually, and honor...

2008-11-11 12:00:08

STOCKHOLM, November 11 /PRNewswire/ -- AstraZeneca AB, Nobel Media AB and Nobel Web AB today announced the launch of a global co-operation that aims to increase the general public's understanding of and interest in the achievements of the Nobel Laureates within the fields of Physiology or Medicine and to further explain the benefits of the discoveries made. The AstraZeneca Nobel Medicine Initiative will enable the general public worldwide to learn directly from Nobel Laureates in Physiology...

2008-10-21 18:00:17

Hollywood film star and singer Scarlett Johansson has agreed to act as co-host of the Nobel Peace Concert in Oslo this December. Diana Ross is scheduled to headline the Dec. 11 concert, which is to take place the day after the Nobel prizes are handed out, the BBC said Tuesday. Also slated to perform are international acts Julieta Venegas, Marit Larsen, Feist, Dierks Bentley and Seun Kuti. Johansson, known for her roles in "Lost in Translation" and "Girl with a Pearl Earring," said in a...

2008-10-14 00:00:19

World in brief STOCKHOLM Paul Krugman, the Princeton University scholar and New York Times columnist, has won the Nobel Prize in economics for his analysis of how economies of scale can affect trade patterns and the location of economic activity. Mr Krugman has been a harsh critic of the Bush administration and the Republican Party in The New York Times, where he also has a blog called "Conscience of a Liberal". He has blamed the Bush administration's pursuit of deregulation and...

2008-10-13 09:00:03

A U.S. economist received the Nobel Prize in Economics for his analysis of international trade and economic geography, the Nobel Foundation said Monday. Paul Krugman of Princeton University developed a new theory to answer questions regarding the effect of free trade and globalization and the driving forces behind worldwide urbanization, the foundation in Stockholm said in a news release. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the prize. Krugman's approach is based on the...

2008-10-10 10:00:00

Finland's former president Martti Ahtisaari won the Nobel Peace Prize Friday for his mediation in hot spots around the world, the Nobel Foundation announced. Ahtisaari's work in Namibia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Central Asia contributed to the "fraternity between nations," the Swedish foundation said in a release. Ahtisaari's work to resolve international conflicts spanning 30 years drew praise from the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which called him "an outstanding international mediator"...

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  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'