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    This year's Nobel Prize in literature winner says his greatest challenge as a writer has been to reflect the social realities of his native China without letting personal political opinions suppress his work.

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    This year's Nobel Literature Prize winner says his greatest challenge as a writer has been to reflect the social realities of his native China without allowing personal political opinions suppress his work.

  • Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize laureate. (Associated Press)

    Peace prize for EU sparks unrest

    Three Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have contested the awarding of this year's prize to the European Union, saying the 27-nation bloc contradicts the values associated with the prize because it relies on military force to ensure security.

  • Per Krusell (from left), Staffan Normark, Peter Gardenfors and Tore Ellingsen of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences announce the winners of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in Stockholm on Oct. 15, 2012. Americans Alvin E. Roth of Harvard University and Lloyd S. Shapley of University of California at Los Angeles were cited for "the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design." (AP Photo/Scanpix Sweden, Henrik Montgomery)

    2 Americans win Nobel economics prize

    Americans Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley were awarded the Nobel economics prize on Monday for research that helps explain the market processes at work when doctors are assigned to hospitals, students to schools and human organs for transplant to recipients.

  • Nobel Prize season kicks off with medicine award

    Some of the world's top scholars will be thrust into the global spotlight this week as award committees in Stockholm and Oslo announce the 2012 Nobel Prizes, starting with the medicine award Monday.

  • The art and science of guessing a Nobel Prize

    Guessing who will win a Nobel Prize is a bit like forecasting the stock market: Experts don't seem to do it any better than laymen.

  • **FILE** President Obama, a 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, poses Dec. 10, 2009, with his medal and diploma at the prize ceremony at City Hall in Oslo. (Associated Press)

    Nobel Peace Prize jury under investigation

    The nomination deadline for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize closed Wednesday amid renewed criticism that the award committee has drifted away from the selection criteria established by prize founder Alfred Nobel.

  • Nobel winners pay tribute to deceased laureate

    Two scientists who will collect this year's Nobel Prize in medicine praised late co-winner Ralph Steinman on Tuesday, saying he probably knew he was in line for the prestigious award.

  • Per Krusell (left) and Staffan Normark of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announce during a press conference in Stockholm on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, that Americans Thomas Sargent (top right) and Christopher Sims (top left) have won the 2011 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. (AP Photo/Fredrik Sandberg/ SCANPIX)

    2 Americans win Nobel Prize in economics

    The economists won for research on the cause-and-effect relationship between the economy and policy instruments.

  • Israeli wins chemistry Nobel for quasicrystals

    Israeli scientist Dan Shechtman was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for a discovery that faced skepticism and mockery, even prompting his expulsion from his research team, before it won widespread acceptance as a fundamental breakthrough.

  • Quantum physics is the focus of Nobel buzz

    Three physicists whose research on entangled particles plays a key role in attempts to develop super-fast quantum computers could be in the running for the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday.

  • Scientist wins Nobel for medicine days after death

    A pioneering researcher was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday, three days after dying of pancreatic cancer without ever knowing he was about to be honored for his immune system work that he had used to try to prolong his own life.

  • University says Nobel Prize winner has died

    Rockefeller University in New York says Ralph Steinman, co-winner of this year's Nobel Prize in medicine, has died.

  • Dead scientist awarded Nobel in medicine

    A Canadian-born scientist was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for his discoveries about the immune system but hours later his university said that he had been dead for three days.

  • **FILE** Ralph Steinman of Rockefeller University speaks during a news conference in Albany, N.Y., on April 24, 2009. (Associated Press)

    Scientist wins Nobel for medicine days after death

    A pioneering researcher was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday, three days after dying of pancreatic cancer without ever knowing he was about to be honored for his immune system work that he had used to prolong his own life.

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