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After Winning the Nobel Prize in Physics, Niels Bohr Was Given a Perpetual Supply of Beer Piped Directly into His House

(Video Link) The people of Denmark were justifiably proud when one of their own, Niels Bohr, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. The famous Carlsberg brewery marked the occasion by giving him a house and piping fresh beer into it continuously, straight from the brewery. Inevitably, this inebriation led to ever greater discoveries by [...]

Understanding the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics (With a Cat)

Serge Haroche and David Wineland were awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday. They share the prize for independently developing methods to study particles of light…without destroying that light, which is usually what happens when it is observed. (For the record, other particles are relevant as well, but let’s just keep [...]

Marie Curie’s Sex Scandal and the Duel It Inspired

Getty Images Marie Curie is well known as the first genius to have snagged two Nobel Prizes. The first came in 1903, when she and her husband, Pierre, were awarded a Nobel Prize in physics for their radiation research. Then, in 1911, she nabbed a Nobel in chemistry for her discovery of radium and polonium. But [...]

Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Hangs Out on Street Corner Answering Questions from Passersby

(Video) What’s great about this video is that no question is too simplistic for Dr. Leon Lederman to take seriously. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics, but he’s not above helping ordinary people grasp the wonders of the universe. -via Boing Boing

7 Nobel Prize Stories Ripped from the Tabloids!

by Maggie Koerth-Baker and Linda Rodriguez Forget Brad and Angelina. It’s time to put the spotlight back where it belongs—on history’s biggest nerds! We’ve got all the juiciest gossip about the world’s greatest minds. 1. Scientist, Editor Duel Over Marie Curie’s Honor! Gunshots Barely Avoided as Albert Einstein Weighs In Marie Curie is well known as the first [...]