Frenchman Tirole wins Nobel economics prize
(AP)—French economist Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for research on market regulation that has helped policymakers understand how to deal with industries dominated by a few companies.
Google to award $1.6 mn to four Brazilian NGOs
Google will award $1.6 million in prize money to four non-profit groups submitting winning proposals to help Brazil combat lingering social ills, the company announced Monday.
Can plants grow on the moon? NASA plans test in 2015
How do Nobel laureates spend their prize money?
Nobel laureates sometimes display as much ingenuity when deciding how to spend their prize money as they did on the work that won them the award in the first place.
People care about source of money, attach less value to 'tainted' wealth
(Phys.org) —It's no accident that money obtained through dishonest or illegal means is called "dirty money." A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that when people perceive money ...
EU Nobel peace award sparks fiery online backlash
The decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the crisis-torn EU on Friday sparked a stunned Twitter backlash, many reacting with derision and anger, although some web users came to its defence.
Astronomy star gets his due for discovering the Kuiper Belt
Dressed as usual in jeans and Velcro-secured sneakers, University of California, Los Angeles astronomer David Jewitt sat at his desk recently and feigned concern: What, exactly, does one wear when accepting gold medals from ...
Microsoft pays big to strengthen software defense
As hackers from around the world converged on Las Vegas, Microsoft doled out a quarter million dollars in prize money to researchers who found ways to thwart attacks on its software.
Ukraine team wins Imagine Cup with gloves that convert sign language to speech
Can cold cash, social game relieve rush hour traffic?
Cash prizes for getting to campus late or leaving early? Even Stanford University's hard-working employees and students may be tempted to participate in a new study.
Horse racing: Scientists say secret of success is the pack
Racehorses that stay in the pack longest before breaking for the final sprint have the best chance of earning prize money, scientists said on Wednesday.
Wish for city of the future takes shape at TED
The innovation group TED has given its coveted annual prize for the first time to an idea -- the city of the future.
How much is a Nobel worth? A lot more than the prize money
The prestigious Nobel science awards are worth far more than the $1.5 million prize money: they can pad a company's coffers with $24 million and even add two years to a laureate's life, experts say.
Balzan prizes awarded to 4 academics
An Anglo-American expert on the evolution of the universe and an Irish-born historian of the rise of Christianity and the cult of the saints are two of the four winners of this year's Balzan Prizes.