Category Archives: awards and honors

Do we need Nobel Prizes in science?

This article by Ed Yong in The Atlantic is almost two years old, but I hadn’t seen it before—or at least I don’t remember reading it. Reader Bryan, who sent me the link (click on screenshot for a free read), says it’s “pretty good”, and, indeed, it’s about the best critique of Nobel Prizes I […]

No winner in the Oscars contest

This was a tough year to guess the Oscar winners, and on January 23 I challenged readers to guess the winners in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Supporting Actor.  While the consensus votes weren’t bad, no individual save one even came close. And that […]

Poll results: This year’s Oscars

Here are the results of yesterday’s polls about which films, directors, and stars would win this year’s Oscars. (I have to say that I’m somewhat disappointed at the paucity of votes given the number of readers). Here you go, but of course you can continue to vote as well as guess in the comments who […]

Predict the Oscars

This has been a horrible year for movies for me: I haven’t seen a single movie in any of the categories below. (My poor excuse: I’ve been traveling a lot.) Ergo, I can’t weigh in on the Oscars, and I don’t think my nephew Steven, a movie buff, has made his annual list of “Golden […]

Feynman memorabilia for auction, including his Nobel Prize! (Also, Darwiniana and Einstein’s palm print)

This is sad, and I’m not sure why Richard Feynman’s papers and even his Nobel Prize medal are up for auction rather than going to a museum or an archive (does the family need money?). But if you want some Feynmania, Sotheby’s auction house can accommodate you. You have to have a lot of dosh, […]

Egnorian hubris: Intelligent Design adherents claim credit for this year’s Chemistry Nobel

I have no words. I’ll just tell you what reader Denis wrote when he sent me this link from Evolution News (an Intelligent-Design site), written by the always amusing and deeply benighted Michael Egnor. Denis’s comment: “Have you seen this preposterous piece of dishonesty posted on Evolution News?” Yep, here it is, as preposterous and […]

Nobel Peace Prize goes to two anti-rape activists

In all the fracas about the science Nobels, I completely forgot about the Peace Prize, which, unlike the Economics Prize, is a genuine Nobel Prize. And this year it went two two people, Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist from the Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi Kurdish activist who was held for several months by ISIS. […]

This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to three people

I’m a day late to the party for this one, especially because one prize went to a woman who worked in “directed evolution”. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2018 was awarded to three people: Frances H. Arnold (half share), George P. Smith (quarter share) and Gregory P. Winter (quarter share). Arnold is a professor of […]

Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to three

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three people, including the first woman to win the Prize in 55 years. The recipients are Arthur Ashkin (half share), Gérard Moureau (quarter share) and Donna Strickland (quarter share), and the Prize committee cited the three this way: The Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 was […]

This year’s Physiology or Medicine Nobel goes to two cancer researchers (and a contest)

Here’s the video announcing today’s Nobel Prize, awarded to James P. Allison, an American who works at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Tasuko Honjo, a Japanese immunologist at Kyoto University, for the discovery of ways to cöopt the human immune system to attack cancer cells.  (See announcement and press release here). Here are the […]