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Former government contractor could join President Obama, Henry Kissinger and Nelson Mandela in historic list

How much benefit does immigration bring? Rescued migrants at Lampedusa, Italy, October 2013

A Nobel Prize for Lampedusa? Let’s not forget the real issue here is emigration

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EU awards Sakharov human rights prize to Malala Yousafzai

The 16-year-old has been living in Birmingham since being shot on a school bus in Pakistan

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Peter Higgs: There could be no more gracious or deserving winner of a Nobel Prize

The lectures he gave at university were as inspiring as what has happened today

Girl Reading (Malala Yousafazi) by Jonathan Yeo is to go on show at the National Portrait Gallery

Malala must not fall victim to our expectations

As Barack Obama found out, receiving a Nobel Peace Prize can come with a set of unintended and unpleasant consequences

Nelson Mandela is said to be doing 'fine' as he recovers at home

Nelson Mandela recovery continues: Former wife Winnie says he is doing 'fine'

Update on health of former anti-apartheid figurehead comes as his foundation is award the US Dole Leadership Prize of $25,000

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Peter Higgs: self-effacing grandfather

Will Professor Higgs finally get the Nobel prize?

It is never a sure bet to put money on who will win the Nobel Prize for Physics but this year the odds are that the greatest prize in science will go to a self-effacing grandfather living in quiet retirement in Edinburgh.

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Anna, Sir Richard Branson, far right, and Irish activist Sir Bob Geldof, second from right, during the opening ceremony for the One Young World summit

One Young World conference encourages new generation of leaders at world's largest youth gathering

The world is in a terrible mess. Global warming is causing irreversible damage to the environment, poverty and greed is stifling progress and corruption is rife. The solution? It’s time to hand over the reigns to the next generation. 

Finishing a puzzle is as pleasurable as academic completing research, says neuroscientist

Daniel Bor claims 'pattern spotting' is something that can be immensely satisfying to both scientists and non-scientists alike

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he leaves the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in the Novgorod Region

Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Vladimir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

And the winners aren't... Ig Nobel prize 'celebrates' silly science - from penis amputation research to star-gazing dung beetles and walking on water

The Ig Nobel prize winners have been announced, with stargazing dung beetles, penis amputations and rodent guzzling recognised in an award ceremony that celebrates the sillier side of scientific research.

Researchers were able to perform gene therapy on living mice

Breakthrough with stem cells could 'end need for transplants'

Living mice able to  produce the cells capable of helping to repair a damaged heart

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a strong emphasis on science, engineering and technological education and research. Founded 1861.

So why is MIT number one in the world university rankings?

It’s topped the world university rankings for the second year running, but what gives Massachusetts Institute of Technology the wow factor?

U2 singer Bono (right) arrives with his wife Ali Hewson for the funeral of Irish poet Seamus Heaney, at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland

'Don't be afraid': Seamus Heaney's final message - by text - revealed at his funeral

Presidents and poets pay tribute to Seamus Heaney as son reveals content of last text message sent by the Nobel laureate to his wife

Tutankhamen’s tomb has been re-created and awaits installation

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Tutankhamen is a long way from the minds of those embroiled in deadly conflict in Cairo, but when order returns, Egypt can have a new tourist attraction. In a workshop in Madrid, a life-size facsimile of the pharaoh’s tomb is ready to move to the Valley of the Kings, as soon as the powers-that-be give the nod.

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