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The Nobel Prizes for this year are to be awarded between Monday and Friday of this week, with the Economics Prize being awarded on the 15th. Physiology or Medicine starts us off on the 8th, with Physics on the 9th, then Chemistry on the 10th, with Peace to be awarded on the 12th. Literature hasn't had a date set yet, but I speculate it shall be awarded on the 11th, since that's the only date this week as yet unclaimed by a prize.

Perceived frontrunners for the Peace Prize include nonviolence advocate Gene Sharp, whose tactics for peacefully overthrowing a regime were copied in the Arab Spring, Afghan women's rights activist Sima Samar, and Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni. Known nominees include Sharp, Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina, as well as the organization Memorial, Belarusian political activist Ales Bialiatski, former Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko, Bill Clinton, and Bradley Manning, Wikileaks(apparently not according to one source), and Julian Assange.

Nominees for the Peace Prize also include the Cuban Ladies in White and Cuban dissident Oscar Elias Biscet, Turkish chorus Antakya Civilizations Choral Society, Helsinki Committee founder Lyudmila Alexeyeva of Moscow, and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who was nominated by Kyrgyzstani parliamentarians for giving up Soviet nukes after independence.

Also nominated are former Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva, former Italian PM Giulio Andreotti, Scottish anti-nuclear activist Angie Zelt, Sudanese bishop Macram Max Gassis, the organization Free the Slave, Wikipedia, Israeli nuclear revealer Mordechai Vanunu, Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, and Maggie Gorban, the founder of Stephen's Children, which works with poor Egyptian children.

Nominated as well were Vice President of the Parliament of Pakistan Akthar Chaudhry and the Idhri Foundation, which works to build a more tolerant Pakistan.

Many of the Peace Prize nominees were sourced from here: http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/nobels_fredspris/1.7976214

http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/nobels_fredspris/1.8012673

The above source says Wikileaks wasn't nominated, but Helmut Kohl and the EU were, along with ITN Channel 4 and Al Jazeera.

3-to-1 odds on the Literature prize were given on Japanese author Haruki Murakami and on American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan by some bettors.

There is also rampant speculation about the Physics prize being awarded to the near-discovery of the Higgs boson.
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The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine has been awarded to British scientist John B. Gurdon and to Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka for their discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent! This opens up new ways of stem cell research that need not involve embryonic stem cells.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/08/us-nobel-medicine-idUSBRE8970AB20121008

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_B._Gurdon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinya_Yamanaka
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The Literature Prize is to be awarded on Thursday the 11th, according to the Nobel Committee. Maybe Bob Dylan'll win it, though I think it's more likely to go to Haruki Murakami or Lebanese poet Adonis (real name Ali Ahmed Said).
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I expect so. Dylan merits it, and since he has just released his best album in years it would be an appropriate time for the oft-mooted award of the Literature Prize to him. However, it is very unusual for the prize to go to someone people have actually heard of, and I expect that will continue to rule him out.
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The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Serge Haroche of France and David Wineland of the USA for their work in quantum optics, specifically for their "ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serge_Haroche

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Wineland

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/science/french-and-us-scientists-win-nobel-physics-prize.html?_r=1&
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The 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded today to American scientists Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka for their work on discovering the inner workings of G protein-coupled receptors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Lefkowitz

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Kobilka

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/10/us-nobel-chemistry-idUSBRE8990EN20121010?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtopNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Top+News%29
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Mo Yan has today become the first-ever resident of Mainland China to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo_Yan
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The EU has won the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, for "the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/9603745/EU-awarded-Nobel-Peace-Prize.html

Thank you Thorbjorn Jagland, chair of the Nobel Committee in this instance, you've clearly revealed yourself to be an idiot once again. Can we fire you now?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union
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Yeah, talk about a horrible politicized decision. The Nobel Peace Prize is fading further and further into irrelevancy.
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While I'm not completely against the EU, and can recognize that it has contributed to the peace and common welfare of it's residents to a certain degree (open borders, no wars, trade and customs unions etc) I certainly don't like other aspects of it (increasing loss of sovereignty of member countries, beaurocracy, the abysmal results of the currency union etc..).  I agree that this was a particularly bad choice to receive the Peace Prize, and devalues this award greatly.
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The Peace Prize has become more and more of a joke over the last few years.
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What a joke. A post on the Law and Justice FB page says that it confirms the "decline of civilisation".
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyd_Shapley

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_E._Roth

The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences has been awarded to Lloyd Shapley and Alvin E. Roth "for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design."

They are both Americans.
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