The week in links (20-27 November 2011)

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize might have shone a spotlight on women in Liberia, but the threat of rape still looms large:

Lech Walesa’s wife’s frank biography is causing a stir in Poland, because she describes the loneliness and domestic grind she faced as her husband rose to power:

On Wired Science blogs, David Dobbs describes the only time Gabriel Garcia Marquez met fellow Literature Laureate Ernest Hemingway:

After boycotting last year’s election in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy voted unanimously to re-enter the formal political process:

If you like the classic photograph taken at the 1927 Solvay physics conference, in which 17 of the 29 attendees were or became Nobel Laureates, check out the video:

“The Swedes have made a serious error by giving the prize to a writer whose limited talent is in his best books watered down by 10th-rate philosophizing”. The New York Times in response to John Steinbeck’s Literature Prize in 1962:

“A great deal of prejudice is built-in.” Video interview with Nobel Laureate and father of behavioural economics, Daniel Kahneman, on the cognitive biases that affect our decision-making:

ZDNet’s handy take-away guide to graphene:

The bravest person Martin Luther King said he ever met was Norman Thomas, a white-haired ex-preacher and leader of the Socialist Party of America.

There’s been little coverage of the death of Har Gobind Khorana, 1968 Medicine Laureate, so it’s nice to see this multi-part series on the man who with Marshall Nirenberg and Robert Holley broke the genetic code.

People are more vain about their prowess at hobbies than their life’s work, says John Casey in his new book. For example, there was the time Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus got miffed when a Swedish newspaper ran a photo of him taking a tumble on his skis:

Chicago will host the 12th annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in April 2012:


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