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August 27, 2010

Summer holidays are over, at least in Sweden, as autumn weather again takes hold and thoughts at Nobelprize.org turn to the upcoming Nobel Prize announcements, which this year commence on Monday October 4th. But in one last fond remembrance of the northern summer, the links in this newsletter are all connected with the sun, and, by extension, its fellow stars.

April's newsletter introduced our Ask a Nobel Laureate series, and there is actually a star connection with the currently-featured Laureate: Sir Harry Kroto. He was awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of Buckminsterfullerene, the football-shaped 'Buckyball', a brand new, not to mention aesthetically-pleasing, form of carbon. At the time, he predicted that it would one day be found to exist in space and, excitingly, in just the last few months, that prediction has been confirmed.

We're accepting questions for Sir Harry up until September 4th. Visit our YouTube channel to view and rate other people’s questions, and to pose your own.

Enjoy the last of the sunshine!

Adam Smith


Harry Kroto is the latest participant in Ask a Nobel Laureate. Renowned for his wide interests, which include nanoscience, graphic design, religion, the internet and powerpoint, he's happy to answer questions on anything, including the recent discovery of C60 molecules in space.
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A poem by Seamus Heaney, the 1995 Nobel Laureate in Literature, called Sunlight calls to mind the pleasures of watching his Aunt Mary baking on her farm in Mossbawn, Ireland.
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Ilustrated Presentation SUNSCREEN
Most of us take pains in summer to avoid the worst of the sun's ultraviolet rays. The majority of them are, thankfully, absorbed in the atmosphere by molecular oxygen and ozone, which was the subject of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The following illustrated presentation shows how the ozone layer protects us.
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Another poem, this time written by Harry Martinson, the Swedish co-recipient of the 1974 Nobel Prize for Literature. In the poem entitled Visit to the Observatory he looks into a nebula, the birth-place of stars, "Where suns roll out till they are ripe".
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Star Stories, a multimedia production, explains what Nobel Prize-awarded work has taught us about the life and death of stars. With as many stars in the universe as there are blades of grass on earth, this is a big subject, but Star Stories offers the perfect way to get started on a fascinating journey.
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Telephone HEATING-UP?
Summer heatwaves induce more talk of climate change, the subject of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Al Gore for their efforts to understand and highlight the phenomenon. In a telephone interview, Rajendra Pachauri, Head of the IPCC, recommends ways that individuals can help combat climate change.
Listen to the brief interview »