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Nobel Prizes

Mo Yan's Nobel speech splits public opinion

Author Mo Yan's speech at the Nobel awards banquet in Sweden has stirred mixed reactions from the public. Some deemed it honest, while others denounced his silence on the issue of mainland censorship.

Wednesday, 12 December, 2012, 7:08am

Mo Yan's Nobel Prize lecture scorned by China dissidents

Mo Yan's Nobel lecture did little to dispel ongoing controversy in China's literary circles, with state media widely covering this year's literature prize winner even as dissident artists piled on derision.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:30am

Mo Yan walks delicate line on his way to collect Nobel literature prize

China's Nobel literature winner, Mo Yan, headed to Sweden yesterday to collect his award, but he walks a delicate line with the authorities and is expected to avoid mentioning his jailed fellow laureate Liu Xiaobo.

6 Dec 2012 - 4:04am

Science chief wants to see China lead the way in scientific breakthroughs

When Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for Literature last month, Dr Bai Chunli, president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, had mixed feelings.

25 Nov 2012 - 3:58am

An economics Nobel for the Chinese Communist Party?

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union has given pundits the world over a field day. One commentator even asked yesterday in the Financial Times whether any comparable grouping in Asia deserves the prize, and concluded there is none. He also joked that at least they didn't give the economics prize to the EU.

26 Oct 2012 - 12:43pm 8 comments

Nobel-winning economists' theory applied to finding a mate

21 Oct 2012 - 4:06am

Transparency in selecting Nobel prizes needed

Nobel prizes and controversy seem to go hand in hand. Three of the five given this year were contentious - said to be overtly political or prematurely awarded. Supporters inevitably hailed the wins, showering plaudits and portraying objectors as bad sports.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:03am 1 comment

Cat's out of the box as we peer into quantum world

Many people have heard of Schrodinger's cat. The winners of this year's Nobel Prize in physics have shown deep insights into this famous paradox of quantum mechanics.

14 Oct 2012 - 3:26am

Mo Yan's Nobel means recognition for China at last, but critics air doubts

Mo Yan's Nobel Prize for literature was hailed by the public as a sign that contemporary Chinese literature has finally won global recognition, even as several cultural critics questioned the value of his work.

12 Oct 2012 - 7:30am

Mo Yan: a dark satirist who tells the 'big stories of China'

Mo Yan has come far from Gaomi, where he was born to a farming family in the early days of communist rule, but his writing has never left.

12 Oct 2012 - 7:55pm

Liu Xiaobo still hidden behind veil of silence two years after Nobel Prize

Two years after his Nobel Peace Prize, Liu Xiaobo remains imprisoned, relatives are under house arrest or cowed into silence and, supporters say, the democratic change he sought seems further away than ever.

29 Oct 2012 - 10:06am

Eat more chocolate…'win more Nobel prizes', scientists find

Of all the chocolate research out there, the most unabashed tribute to the "dark gold" has to be a study just published in one of the world's most prestigious medical journals.

Drum roll, please.

The higher a country's chocolate consumption, the more Nobel laureates it spawns per capita, according to findings released in the New England Journal of Medicine.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:04am

Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka awarded Nobel chemistry prize

US chemists Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka won the Nobel Prize yesterday for identifying a class of cell receptor, yielding vital insights into how the body works at the molecular level.

11 Oct 2012 - 4:21am

French and US scientists share Nobel physics prize for quantum optics work

A US and a French scientist have won the Nobel Prize in physics for work in quantum optics that paved the way for precision clocks and may lead to a new generation of super-fast computers.

10 Oct 2012 - 4:37am

Media frenzy over author Mo Yan's chance to win Nobel Prize

Critically acclaimed for his work and faulted for his tolerance of government censors, Chinese author Mo Yan has suddenly found himself at the centre of a media frenzy over his prospects of winning the Nobel Prize.

10 Oct 2012 - 4:30am