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The 2009 Nobel Prizes

Explore the advances that earned this year's crop of Nobelists one of the world's most famous prizes--and in some cases, read about the prizewinning discoveries as chronicled by the researchers themselves in Scientific American. All told, 143 Nobelists have written 232 articles for the magazine.

  • October 13, 2009

Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas Steitz and Ada Yonath for studies of the protein-manufacturing ribosome, with implications for antibiotic development. Steve Mirsky reports

October 7, 2009

New Nobel Laureate Jack Szostak and Surrogates Film Director Jonathan Mostow

Jack Szostak, who just shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, talks about his latest research on the origin of life. And Scientific American editor George Musser talks to Jonathan Mostow, director of the new Bruce Willis sci-fi thriller Surrogates. Web sites related to this episode include;;

October 5, 2009 — Steve Mirsky

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The 2009 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine goes to Harvard's Jack Szostak, Johns Hopkins's Carol Greider and Elizabeth Blackburn at U.C. San Francisco, for their work on telomeres and telomerase. Steve Mirsky reports

October 5, 2009

Nobel Prize in Physics

The 2009 Nobel Prize in physics goes to Charles Kao of Standard Communications Labs in England and the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the invention of practical optical fiber communication, and George Smith and Willard Boyle of Bell Labs in New Jersey, for inventing the charge-coupled device, the CCD, making digital cameras possible. Steve Mirsky reports

October 6, 2009

Celebrating The Nobel Prizes

More than 130 Nobelists have written more than 200 articles for Scientific American. Here's a sampling, along with a look at the prizes themselves

October 6, 2008

Ig Nobel Prizes Awarded

On the eve of the Nobel Prize announcements, the Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded at Harvard, for studies into knuckle-cracking and other vital medical and scientific research. Karen Hopkin retorts

October 2, 2009

Light-Wave Communications [Reprint]

The first commercial test of light-wave telephone service is under way in Chicago. The signals are dispatched over glass fibers in pulses generated by tiny solid-state light sources

October 6, 2009 — W. S. Boyle

Telomeres, Telomerase and Cancer [Reprint]

An unusual enzyme called telomerase acts on parts of chromosomes known as telomeres. The enzyme has recently been found in many human tumors and is being eyed as a new target for cancer therapy

October 5, 2009 — Carol W. Greider and Elizabeth H. Blackburn
The Origin of Life on Earth

The Origin of Life on Earth

Fresh clues hint at how the first living organisms arose from inanimate matter

September 1, 2009 — Alonso Ricardo and Jack W. Szostak