The Daily Dose: It’s raining Nobel Prizes

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Canadian cosmologist James Peebles, astrophysicist Michel Mayor, and astronomer Didier Queloz were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. According to the Associated Press, “Peebles’ work is a deeply theoretical look back in time and space at how the universe came to its current form, mostly filled with dark matter and dark energy we can’t even see. It’s probably the first Nobel for purely theoretical cosmology, instead of something observed.” Meanwhile, Mayor and Queloz received their award because of “Their finding of the first planet outside our solar system circling a star like our own made astronomers look harder for life elsewhere in the universe.”

Meanwhile, William G. Kaelin Jr. of Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Gregg L. Semenza of Johns Hopkins University and Peter J. Ratcliffe at the Francis Crick Institute in Britain and Oxford University won the Nobel Prize for advances in physiology or medicine. According to AP, the doctors received the prize for their work “discovering details of how the body’s cells sense and react to low oxygen levels, providing a foothold for developing new treatments for anemia, cancer and other diseases.”

It’s long been suspected that the global trade in was large, experts only guessed at how extensive the black market was. Now, a recent study sheds light on the scale and it has many surprised. 1 in 5 land vertebrates are sold illegally. According to reports on the study, “The team found that 5,579 of the 31,745 vertebrate species analysed — around 18% — are being bought and sold around the world. This includes more than 2,000 birds and nearly 1,500 mammals, many of which are captured illegally from the wild, although the figures also include legal trade.”

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