Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to 2 scientists for developing tool to build molecules

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been won by scientists David MacMillan of the U.S. and Benjamin List of Germany for developin a “new and ingenious” tool for molecule building.

The award comes with a gold medal and 10 million Swedish kronor (over $1.44 million Cdn). The money comes from a bequest left by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, who died in 1895. 

On Monday, the Nobel in medicine was awarded to Americans David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for their discoveries into how the human body perceives temperature and touch.

On Tuesday, the Nobel for physics was split: one half of the prize went to Syukuro Manabe, originally from Japan, and Klaus Hasselmann of Germany for their work in developing forecast models of Earth’s climate; the second half of the prize went to Giorgio Parisi of Italy for explaining disorder in physical systems.

Over the coming days prizes will be awarded in the fields of literature, peace and economics.

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