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Will technological progress put humanity at risk of destroying ourselves?

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Technology may provide the solutions to some of the world's most pressing concerns – but if we're not careful, it could also bring about the downfall of humanity, a new paper warns. The paper titled The Vulnerable World Hypothesis investigates the possibility of the emergence of technology that is both destructive on a large scale, and easy to access. While humankind has already created technology that has the potential for mass devastation, such as nuclear weaponry, such developments have been limited by a number of factors, including cost and rarity of the materials required to make them. But, according to Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom, that's only because we've been'lucky' thus far. Technology may provide the solutions to some of the world's most pressing concerns – but if we're not careful, it could also bring about the downfall of humanity, a new paper warns.


Who Has Won the Nobel Prize? We've Crunched the Numbers.

National Geographic

The 2018 Nobel Prize in medicine has been awarded to researchers James Allison and Tasuku Honjo, whose work led to drugs that turn the body's immune system against cancer. The pair join one of humankind's most exclusive clubs. Since the first awards in 1901, fewer than 900 individuals have received Nobel Prizes. As the latest laureates join the hallowed host this week, National Geographic wanted to get to know them all better. Using the Nobel Foundation's detailed datasets from 1901 to 2016, we break down the winners of the world's best-known awards.


100 Women: Where are the female Nobel Prize winners?

BBC News

The 2017 Nobel season is still under way, with the prizes for peace, and economics yet to be announced. But for the sciences, this year's work is done and many in the scientific community are noticing some similarities about the winners. In the case of physics, the winning discovery had already been making global headlines. The prize was shared by three researchers for the groundbreaking 2015 detection of gravitational waves. For chemistry, the committee recognised the less publicised work of developing a new microscopy technique, which the Nobel committee said had "moved biochemistry into a new era".


Nearly 900 People Have Won Nobel Prizes. Only 48 Were Women.

National Geographic

Since the first awards in 1901, fewer than 900 individuals have received Nobel Prizes. As the latest laureates join the hallowed host this week, National Geographic wanted to get to know them all better. Using the Nobel Foundation's detailed datasets from 1901 to 2016, we break down the winners of the world's best-known awards. The United States leads the world in Nobels--thanks to immigrants. Home to hundreds of individual Nobel laureates, the United States has amassed the largest number of total prizes in any country.


Two scientists from U.S. and one from Britain share Nobel medicine prize

The Japan Times

STOCKHOLM – Two scientists from the United States and one from the U.K. won the 2019 Nobel medicine prize on Monday for discovering how cells adapt to fluctuating oxygen levels, paving the way for new strategies to fight diseases such as anaemia and cancer. The Nobel award-giving body said U.S.-born researchers William Kaelin and Gregg Semenza shared the prize equally with Peter Ratcliffe, who was born in Britain. "The seminal discoveries by this year's Nobel laureates revealed the mechanism for one of life's most essential adaptive processes," the Nobel Assembly at Sweden's Karolinska Institute said in a statement on awarding the prize of 9 million Swedish crowns ($913,000). Their research established the basis for the understanding of how oxygen levels affect cellular metabolism and physiological functions, the institute said. "Oxygen sensing is central to a large number of diseases," it said.