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this day in the yesteryear: Wilhelm Röntgen Discovers X-Rays (1895)

Wilhelm Röntgen Discovers X-Rays (1895)

In 1895, Röntgen, a German physicist, discovered rays that did not exhibit properties such as reflection or refraction. Because of their mysterious nature, he called them X-rays. His discovery, which gave medicine a critical view inside the body and allowed bones to be photographed, remains a valuable diagnostic tool. Röntgen’s breakthrough earned him the first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901. One of the first X-ray photographs he took was of his wife’s hand. What did she say when she saw it? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Alfred Nobel (1833)

Alfred Nobel (1833)

Nobel was a Swedish chemist and engineer who invented dynamite, the smokeless powder Ballistite, and an explosive gelatin more powerful than dynamite. In his last will, he left his enormous fortune in trust for the endowment of the Nobel Prizes, which recognize outstanding achievements in the fields of science, literature, and economics and in the promotion of peace. What was the content of the prematurely published obituary that is said to have made Nobel resolve to leave a better legacy? More… Discuss


Overspending Prompts Nobel Prize Payout Cuts

The weak global economy has claimed a new victim—the Nobel Foundation. It has been announced that lower than expected returns on investments over the past decade have made it necessary for the organization to cut the prize money awarded to Nobel laureates by 20 percent. The foundation is also looking for ways to cut administrative costs as well as expenses related to the Nobel Prizecelebrations, as overspending in these areas is also a concern. More… Discuss