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Nobel Prize in Physics: How the first exoplanet around a sun-like star was discovered

Oct 19, 2019 - 9:00 AM

This award marks a long-awaited recognition of one of the greatest revolutions in modern astronomy, one that has radically changed our perception of our place in the universe

'EXOPLANET'. Artist impression of the exoplanet 51 Pegasi b. ESO/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger, CC BY-SA

China irked by Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Hong Kong

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:08 AM

'Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs and no foreign government or individuals have the right to interfere,' says foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

Protesters walk on an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Causeway Bay area in Hong Kong on October 1, 2019, as the city observes the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. - Strife-torn Hong Kong on October 1 marked the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding with defiant "Day of Grief" protests and fresh clashes with police as pro-democracy activists ignored a ban and took to the streets across the city. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)

'People of Hong Kong' nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The initiative is likely to displease China, which was already angered by the Nobel Committee's 2010 decision to give the award to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who has since died

HONG KONG PROTESTS. Thousands of protesters dressed in black take part in a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 16, 2019. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Why this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics is relevant to Filipinos

Oct 15, 2019 - 12:03 PM

It's a testament to the power of research, scientific thinking, and empirical evidence in the crafting and implementation of economic policies and programs

Trio wins 2019 Nobel Economics Prize for work on poverty

Oct 14, 2019 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) 'This year's laureates have introduced a new approach to obtaining reliable answers about the best ways to fight global poverty,' the jury says of Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer

NOBEL WINNERS. Indian-born Abhijit Banerjee of the US, French-American Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer of the US win the Nobel Economics Prize for their 'experimental approach to alleviating global poverty,' the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences says. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Nobel season wraps up with Economics Prize

Oct 14, 2019 - 1:07 PM

The name of the winner or winners will be revealed at 11:45 am (0945 GMT; 5:45 pm Manila time)

Ethiopia's Abiy urged to cement 'rights legacy' after Nobel win

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:59 PM

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says he is 'humbled and thrilled' to receive the Nobel, adding that he hopes it will inspire other African leaders

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to resolve his country's conflict with bitter foe Eritrea, the Nobel Committee announced in Oslo on October 11, 2019. File photo by Zacharias Abubeker/AFP

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed wins 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:13 PM

Abiy is honored 'for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea'

NOBEL WINNER. In this file photo, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (C) welcomes Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki upon his arrival at the airport in Gondar, for a visit in Ethiopia, on November 9, 2018. File photo by Eduardo Soteras/AFP

Outrage in Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo over Peter Handke's Nobel win

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The Austrian writer is seen by critics as a supporter of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic

PETER HANDKE. The Austrian writer poses in Chaville in the Paris surburbs, on October 10 after he was awarded with the 2019 Nobel Literature Prize. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Olga Tokarczuk, Peter Handke win Literature Nobels

Oct 10, 2019 - 7:19 PM

(UPDATED) Olga Tokarczuk's books portray a polychromatic world perpetually in motion, while Peter Handke's works are filled with a strong desire to discover and to make his discoveries come to life by finding new literary expressions for them

NOBEL WINNERS. Polish author Olga Tokarczuk wins 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, while Austrian author Peter Handke wins 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature. Tokarczuk file photo from Ritta Pedersen/DPA/AFP; Handke file photo by Barbara Gindl/APA/AFP

Pioneers of lithium-ion battery win 2019 Nobel Chemistry Prize

Oct 09, 2019 - 6:02 PM

(UPDATED) 'Lithium batteries have revolutionized our lives since they first entered the market in 1991,' the jury says, adding they are 'of the greatest benefit to humankind'

NOBEL PRIZE. A screen displays the portraits of the laureates of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (L-R) John Goodenough of US, Britain's Stanley Whittingham and Japan's Akira Yoshino during a press conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Photo by Naina Helen Jama/TT News Agency/AFP

Odds favor Greta Thunberg for Peace Prize, but experts skeptical

Oct 09, 2019 - 1:52 PM

Online betting sites put Greta Thunberg as the favorite to win the Nobel Peace Prize, but experts are more cautious on who might win it

GRETA THUNBERG. Youth activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations on September 23, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Dark matter, exoplanet discoveries win 2019 Nobel Physics Prize

Oct 08, 2019 - 6:12 PM

(UPDATED) 'Their discoveries have forever changed our conceptions of the world,' according to the jury

WINNERS. Members of the Nobel Committee for Physics (Bottom L-R) Chair of the Nobel Committee Mats Larsson, Secretary General of the Academy Goran K Hansson, and Ulf Danielsson sit in front of a screen displaying the portraits of the winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics (Up L-R) Canadian-American James Peebles, Swiss scientists Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on October 8, 2019 in Stockholm. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Trio win 2019 Nobel Medicine Prize for work on how cells adapt to oxygen

Oct 07, 2019 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'They established the basis for our understanding of how oxygen levels affect cellular metabolism and physiological function,' the jury says

NOBEL MEDICINE PRIZE. Nobel Assembly member, Randall Johnson (R), speaks to announce the winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (L-R) Gregg Semenza of the US, Peter Ratcliffe of Britain and William Kaelin of the US, seen on a screen during a press conference at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 7, 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Nobel buzz for Greta and literature duo

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:59 PM

Greta Thunberg is said to be the one to beat for the Nobel Peace Prize, according to bookmakers, though predictions are uncertain as the list of candidates are not made public

NOBEL BUZZ. In this file photo taken on October 03, 2011 the statue of Alfred Nobel is pictured at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison's 5 key novels

Aug 07, 2019 - 11:21 AM

A leading figure in African-American literature, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison is praised for her literary influence and 'raw, poetic voice'

Japan's Shinzo Abe nominated Trump for Nobel after U.S. request – report

Feb 17, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The report comes after US President Donald Trump's claim that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had nominated him for the prize

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 17, 2018, US President Donald Trump greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump and Abe agreed on May 28, 2018, that it is "imperative" to completely dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program, the White House said. The US and Japanese leaders will meet ahead of a much anticipated summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un back on schedule for June 12 in Singapore just days after Trump announced he was canceling it.   / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

New Mars rover named after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Cambridge-educated Franklin 'helped us understand life on Earth and now her namesake will do the same on Mars,' says UK Science Minister Chris Skidmore

NEW MARS ROVER. A picture shows a working prototype of the newly named Rosalind Franklin ExoMars rover at the Airbus Defense and Space facility in Stevenage, north of London on February 7, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Nobel laureates urge world to help victims of rape in conflict

Dec 10, 2018 - 10:15 PM

Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen says laureates Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad are 'two of the strongest voices in the world today'

Nobel Peace Prize laureates Yazidi activist Nadia Murad and Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege pose with their Nobel Peace Prizes during the award ceremony 2018 on December 10, 2018 at the City Hall in Oslo, Norway.  Haakon Mosvold Larsen / POOL / AFP

Nobel peace prize shines light on rape in conflict

Dec 10, 2018 - 12:13 PM

The Norwegian Nobel Committee says the prize was 'for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict'

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. Nobel Peace Prize laureates Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad hug at the end of a press conference on December 9, 2018 in Oslo. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Fight to end rape in war must begin in peacetime – Mukwege

Dec 09, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege is set to receive his Nobel Peace Prize on December 10

Nobel laureates seek guarantees to 'reliable information'

Nov 05, 2018 - 2:17 PM

'We urge leaders of good will on all continents to take action to promote democratic models and an open public debate in which citizens can take decisions on the basis of facts,' the group of Nobel laureates say in a statement

35 top prize winners warn Brexit will damage science

Oct 23, 2018 - 3:47 PM

The 29 Nobel Prize winners in science and 6 recipients of the Fields Medal say open European borders have helped the continent make up ground lost to US researchers in the wake of World War II

BREXIT. Union and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London. File photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

Why more women don’t win science Nobels

Oct 13, 2018 - 10:40 AM

Only 3% of these prizes have gone to women since 1901

NOBEL LAUREATE. Professor Dr. Donna Strickland is applauded during a news conference at the University of Waterloo to field questions about her shared Nobel Prize in Physics, October 2, 2018 in Waterloo, Canada. Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP


[ANALYSIS] Leila de Lima and the Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 11, 2018 - 5:22 PM

It's just a matter of time before Senator De Lima starts getting considered for the ultimate global award of all

U.S. duo William Nordhaus , Paul Romer win Nobel Economics Prize 2018

Oct 08, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Two Americans awarded laureates of the Nobel Prize in Economics for integrating innovation and climate with economic growth

NOBEL LAUREATES. In the background is the photo of the 2018 laureates of the Nobel Prize in Economics pair of US economists Paul M Romer and William D Nordhaus. Photo by Henrik Montgomery/TT News Agency/AFP

Mukwege: Brave healer of DR Congo's most horrific wounds

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:07 PM

Denis Mukwege, the crusading gynaecologist of the DR Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi of Iraq, were joint Nobel Peace Prize 2018 winners for their 'efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war'

NOBEL LAUREATE. In this file photo taken on June 24, 2018 Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege is photographed at Lalish temple in a valley near Dohuk, northwest of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Photo by  Safin Hamed/AFP

Nadia Murad: From jihadist slave to Nobel Peace Prize 2018 winner

Oct 05, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Nadia Murad, a Yazidi of Iraq, was joint prize winner with Denis Mukwege for their 'efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war'

NOBEL LAUREATE. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2017, Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad (left) speaks with lawyer Amal Clooney at an event at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

DR Congo's Dr Mukwege, Yazidi campaigner Murad win Nobel Peace Prize 2018

Oct 05, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad win the prestigious award 'for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict'

WINNERS. The Norwegian Nobel Committee announces Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad as winners of the Nobel Peace Prize 2018. Photos courtesy of the Nobel Prize Twitter account.

Global leaders, or grassroots campaigners? Nobel Peace Prize 2018 wide open

Oct 05, 2018 - 8:41 AM

(UPDATED) This year, a total of 331 individuals and organizations are nominated for the prestigious peace award

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. This picture taken on December 10, 2010 shows the front of the Nobel medal awarded to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2010, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo. File photo by Berit Roald/Scanpix/AFP

Trio wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry for research harnessing evolution

Oct 03, 2018 - 6:18 PM

(UPDATED) American scientists Frances Arnold and George Smith and British researcher Gregory Winter win the Nobel Chemistry Prize

NOBEL LAUREATES. Screen displays portraits of Frances H Arnold and George P Smith, both of the US, and Gregory P Winter of Great Britain during the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemestry at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on October 3, 2018 in Stockholm. Photo by Jonas Ekstromer/ TT News Agency/AFP

Canadian Nobel physics laureate hails womens' progress

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Nobel prize winner Donna Strickland was praised 'for inspiring other women and young girls to dream without limits and pursue the careers of their choice'

NOBEL LAUREATE. Professor Dr. Donna Strickland is applauded during a news conference at the University of Waterloo to field questions about her shared Nobel Prize in Physics, October 2, 2018 in Waterloo, Canada. Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

Trio wins Nobel Physics Prize for laser research

Oct 02, 2018 - 6:38 PM

(UPDATED) For their work in the field of laser physics, Arthur Askin of the US, and the tandem of France's Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland of Canada, share the Nobel Prize

NOBEL WINNERS. A screen displays portraits of Arthur Ashkin of the United States, Gerard Mourou of France and Donna Strickland of Canada during the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on October 2, 2018 in Stockholm. Photo by Hanna Franzen

Nobel-winning therapy weaponizes immune system against cancer

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:19 PM

While chemotherapy destroys cancerous cells along with normal cells – often with toxic and debilitating effects on a patient – immunotherapy unleashes the body's immune system to target tumor cells

American, Japanese pair win Nobel Medicine Prize for cancer therapy

Oct 01, 2018 - 7:10 PM

For figuring out how to help the patient's own immune system tackle the cancer more quickly, immunologists James Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan win the 2018 Nobel Prize for medicine

Members of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine (L-R) Edvard Smith, Anna Wedell and Klas Kaerre sit in front of a screen displaying portraits of James P Allison (L) and Tasuku Honjo during the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, during a press conference at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 1, 2018. James P Allison of US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan won Nobel Medicine Prize for their achievements in cancer treatment. Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP

Blank page for Nobel Literature Prize in 2018 awards season

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Without the Literature Prize, this year's other high-profile Nobel is the Peace Prize, to be announced in Oslo on Friday, October 5

Simple blood test may reveal your body's inner clock

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Researchers have designed a blood test that can measure a person's inner body clock within 1.5 hours, an advance that may help personalize medical treatments in the future

Kofi Annan: UN's 'rock star' secretary-general

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:25 PM

The charismatic, quiet-spoken career diplomat will be remembered as arguably the United Nations' most popular leader

KOFI ANNAN. In this file photo taken on July 20, 2012, UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan looks through a window before a meeting at his office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Kofi Annan, former UN chief, dies at 80

Aug 18, 2018 - 5:57 PM

(4th UPDATE) Current UN chief Antonio Guterres voices deep sadness at the news, describing Annan as 'a guiding force for good'

NOBEL LAUREATE. In this file photo, Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, speaks during the Langenburg Forum for sustainability in Langenburg, central Germany on June 8, 2017. Photo by Christoph Schmidt/AFP

Obama speech to mark 100 years since Mandela's birth

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The former US president met Mandela only briefly in 2005 but gave a eulogy at his funeral saying Mandela 'makes me want to be a better man'

PIDATO PERPISAHAN. Presiden Barack Obama saat menyampaikan pidato perpisahan di Chicago, Illinois, Rabu, 11 Januari. Foto oleh Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Widow of Chinese Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo arrives in Berlin

Jul 11, 2018 - 3:11 PM

In an emotional phone call with Liao Yiwu recently, Liu Xia says, 'They should add a line to the constitution: 'Loving Liu Xiaobo is a serious crime – it's a life sentence'.'

IN GERMANY. Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo, smiles as she arrives at the Helsinki International Airport in Vantaa, Finland, on July 10, 2018. Photo by Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva/AFP

Swedish intellectuals form new literature prize in Nobel protest

Jul 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

However, some observers are skeptical about whether the New Academy can compare with the Nobel Literature Prize's history of recognizing distinguished authors

NEW PRIZE. More than 100 Swedish intellectuals form a new literature award giving body in protest, after the Swedish Academy, which selects Nobel laureates, plunged into a crisis over long-standing ties to a man accused of sexual assault on several women. File photo of Nobel Museum by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

No Nobel Literature Prize after #MeToo turmoil

May 04, 2018 - 11:54 PM

For the first time in almost 70 years there will be no Nobel Literature Prize this year

NO WINNER. Anders Olsson, the acting permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, annonunces that the Swedish Academy has decided to postpone the award of the 2018 Nobel literature prize, during an interview to the Swedish newsagency TT News Agency in Stockholm, May 4, 2018. Photo by Janerik Henriksson/ TT News Agency / AFP

2018 Nobel Literature Prize postponed after #MeToo turmoil – Swedish Academy

May 04, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The academy is linked to a man facing rape and sexual assault allegations

NOBEL PRIZE. The 2017 Nobel Prize Awards ceremony is held at the Stockholm Center in December 2017. Photo by Alexander Mahmoud/Nobel Media AB

'Back with eyes open:' Malala visits Pakistan district where she was shot

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:59 PM

"I left Swat with my eyes closed and now I am back with my eyes open," she told Agence France-Presse, referring to how she was airlifted out in a coma after the attack in 2012

HOMECOMING. Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (C), arrives along with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai (2L), brother Atal Yousafzai (L) and the principal of all-boys Swat Cadet College Guli Bagh on March 31, 2018. Photo by Abdul Majeed / AFP

Nobel Peace Prize winners warn nuclear war 'a tantrum away'

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:25 AM

'A moment of panic or carelessness, a misconstrued comment, or bruised ego could easily lead us unavoidably to the destruction of entire cities,' says Beatrice Fihn, head of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Beatrice Fihn, leader of ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), gives an acceptance speech during the award ceremony of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize at the city hall in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, 2017. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), as its representatives warn of "an urgent threat" over US-North Korea tensions. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN

Bob Geldof returns Dublin honor in Suu Kyi protest

Nov 13, 2017 - 10:29 PM

The Boomtown Rats singer slams the Nobel peace laureate over her country's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, calls her a "handmaiden to genocide" and says the city had "been duped" into bestowing the award

RETURNS. Irish musician Bob Geldof (right) holds aloft his Freedom of the City of Dublin scroll as he prepares to return it at Dublin City Hall, in Dublin, on November 13, 2017. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

U.S. lawmakers seek to slap new sanctions on Myanmar military

Nov 04, 2017 - 3:25 PM

House Republicans and Democrats introduce legislation that would curtail assistance or cooperation with Myanmar's military, and require the White House to identify senior military officials who would have US visa bans imposed or reimposed against them.

Rohingya Muslim refugees who were stranded after leaving Myanmar walk towards the Balukhali refugee camp after crossing the border in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on November 2, 2017. More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in Myanmar in August triggered an exodus, straining resources in the impoverished country. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR

Aung Suu Kyi visits Myanmar's northern Rakhine

Nov 02, 2017 - 8:27 PM

Aung Suu Kyi's trip is her first in office to the region, which has seen some of the worst communal violence that has cut through the western state since 2012, severely damaging Myanmar's global reputation

NOBEL LAUREATE. Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi (center) meets with Myo ethnic people in northern Maungdaw, Myanmar's Rakhine State on November 2, 2017. Photo by STR/AFP

U.S.'s Thaler wins Nobel for 'making economics more human'

Oct 09, 2017 - 6:11 PM

(UPDATED) The Nobel jury awards the US economist the prize for his work on how human traits affect individual decisions as well as market outcomes

NOBEL PRIZE WINNER. Picture taken on June 22, 2014 shows US economist Richard Thaler after he was awarded the 2014 Global Economy Prize during the award ceremony in Kiel, northern Germany. US economist Richard Thaler on October 9, 2017 won the Nobel Economics Prize for his pioneering work on the psychology of economics, the jury said. Photo by Carsten Rehder/ POOL / AFP