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Taylor Swift breaks Vevo record

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Taylor Swift has set a new Vevo record with her music video Bad Blood getting 20.1 million views in 24 hours this past week. The artist took the title from Nicki Minaj who had 19.6 million views for Anaconda in August 2014.

The country-turned-pop singer premiered the video at the Billboard Music Awards where she won several awards including Top Artist and the Billboard Achievement Award.

The video featured celebrities including Mariska Hargitay, Zendaya, Cindy Crawford, Ellen Pompeo, Lily Aldridge and more. Selena Gomez portrays the antagonist.

Victorias secret model Karlie Kloss believes the video could turn into a feature length film.

“I think she should turn it into a movie… premiering next year at Cannes,” she said.



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March 21, 2013

Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters awards Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne with Abel prize of 2013

Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters awards Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne with Abel prize of 2013

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The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters awarded Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne with Abel prize of 2013 for his contributions toward shaping algebraic geometry. The award includes a 6 million Norwegian kroner (US$1,026,000, 793,000) prize. Timothy Gowers, a mathematician from Cambridge University, announced the award in Oslo yesterday.

The Academy gave the award to Deligne for “seminal contributions to algebraic geometry and for their transformative impact on number theory, representation theory, and related fields”.

For example, in 1974, Pierre Deligne did a mathematical proof of fourth Weil conjecture, one of properties of Riemann zeta function. This concept is related to analysis of the prime-counting function and the currently unsolved Riemann’s hypothesis. During the proof of the Weil conjecture, a concept of l-adic cohomology was introduced.

Pierre Deligne said, “The nice thing about mathematics is doing mathematics. The prizes come in addition”.



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June 6, 2012

Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury dies aged 91

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Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury transformed his inner child in to notable works of science fiction that have been recognized with awards and citations for lifetime achievement.
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Austrian actor Oskar Werner portrayed the fireman Guy Montag in the 1966 Truffaut film adaptation of Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451.
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U.S. science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who was 91, died in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to his daughter.

Bradbury’s most famous novels are The Martian Chronicles (1950) and Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and a collection of short stories The Illustrated Man (1951), but he was also known for writing the script for John Huston‘s film adaptation of Moby Dick (1956) and his works for the televised anthologies The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents and a similar TV show later, The Ray Bradbury Theater, which included episodes based on his work.

In an interview, Bradbury said that he was “that special freak, the man with the child inside who remembers all.”

He started as a short story writer for pulp magazines like many science fiction and fantasy writers in this period and he eventually compiled those stories in his first book Dark Carnival (1947). He wrote his two most famous novels at the beginning of the 1950s. A book editor suggested he use his stories about Martians to create a unified work in book form, and Bradbury turned the idea into his Martian Chronicles. He said he churned out Fahrenheit 451 on a typewriter that he rented at the library for a dime every half hour at a total cost of US $9.80, which meant that it would have taken him exactly 49 hours to write the classic.

His book Fahrenheit 451 cut to the heart of book banning and burning in the twentieth century as it imagined a future in which books were outlawed and minds were controlled by the state through a TV-and-Internet-like technology. French director François Truffaut adapted Fahrenheit 451 into a 1966 New Wave film of the same name and in English, which starred Austrian actor Oskar Werner as the fireman Guy Montag and British actress Julie Christie as Clarisse. The BBC dramatized the same book in 1982. Fahrenheit 451 was even adapted to an off-Broadway play. Bradbury said he did not like the similarity of Michael Moore‘s title for the documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, a film critical of the George W. Bush administration, to his novel about book burning.

The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451 and The Illustrated Man have been a staple of reading in U.S. education. In an interview with Fox News in 2004, Bradbury talked about changes in reading that occurred in education since his generation of science fiction started their careers: “When I started writing that book 53 years ago, science fiction was not being taught in the schools. Now every school in the country has a course in science fiction. So we have more power, more influence, more imagination than ever before. Millions of students now, in all the schools of America, are reading science fiction and especially, thank God, The Martian Chronicles.”

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The name of his play Dandelion Wine was used as an honor when it was used to name a crater on the moon. Later an asteroid, known as 9766 Bradbury, was named after him. At the turn of the century, his body of work was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Award committee in 2000, U.S. National Medal of Arts in 2004, and later a Pulitzer Prize citation in 2007.

The author’s grandson Danny Karapetian said, “His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theatre, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him, because to read him was to know him. He was the biggest kid I know.”

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Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury transformed his inner child in to notable works of science fiction that have been recognized with awards and citations for lifetime achievement.
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Austrian actor Oskar Werner portrayed the fireman Guy Montag in the 1966 Truffaut film adaptation of Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451.
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U.S. science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who was 91, died in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to his daughter.

Bradbury’s most famous novels are The Martian Chronicles (1950) and Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and a collection of short stories The Illustrated Man (1951), but he was also known for writing the script for John Huston‘s film adaptation of Moby Dick (1956) and his works for the televised anthologies The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents and a similar TV show later, The Ray Bradbury Theater, which included episodes based on his work.

In an interview, Bradbury said that he was “that special freak, the man with the child inside who remembers all.”

He started as a short story writer for pulp magazines like many science fiction and fantasy writers in this period and he eventually compiled those stories in his first book Dark Carnival (1947). He wrote his two most famous novels at the beginning of the 1950s. A book editor suggested he use his stories about Martians to create a unified work in book form, and Bradbury turned the idea into his Martian Chronicles. He said he churned out Fahrenheit 451 on a typewriter that he rented at the library for a dime every half hour at a total cost of US $9.80, which meant that it would have taken him exactly 49 hours to write the classic.

His book Fahrenheit 451 cut to the heart of book banning and burning in the twentieth century as it imagined a future in which books were outlawed and minds were controlled by the state through a TV-and-Internet-like technology. French director François Truffaut adapted Fahrenheit 451 into a 1966 New Wave film of the same name and in English, which starred Austrian actor Oskar Werner as the fireman Guy Montag and British actress Julie Christie as Clarisse. The BBC dramatized the same book in 1982. Fahrenheit 451 was even adapted to an off-Broadway play. Bradbury said he did not like the similarity of Michael Moore‘s title for the documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, a film critical of the George W. Bush administration, to his novel about book burning.

The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451 and The Illustrated Man have been a staple of reading in U.S. education. In an interview with Fox News in 2004, Bradbury talked about changes in reading that occurred in education since his generation of science fiction started their careers: “When I started writing that book 53 years ago, science fiction was not being taught in the schools. Now every school in the country has a course in science fiction. So we have more power, more influence, more imagination than ever before. Millions of students now, in all the schools of America, are reading science fiction and especially, thank God, The Martian Chronicles.”

The name of his play Dandelion Wine was used as an honor when it was used to name a crater on the moon. Later an astroid, known as 9766 Bradbury, was named after him. At the turn of the century, his body of work was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Award committee in 2000, U.S. National Medal of Arts in 2004, and later a Pulitzer Prize citation in 2007.

The author’s grandson Danny Karapetian said, “His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theatre, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him, because to read him was to know him. He was the biggest kid I know.”



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February 18, 2011

2011 BRIT Awards highlights

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On Tuesday, the 2011 BRIT Awards were presented from The O2 Arena in London, England. This is the first time that the awards ceremony has been hosted from this venue; previously, the regular location for the show was the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, which is also located in London.

The BRIT Awards, presented by the British Phonographic Industry, is an annual ceremony that awards music artists for excellence in music. The BRIT Awards started in 1980; this year’s event is the 31st BRIT Awards. ITV1 broadcasted this year’s programme from 2000-2200 UTC, with British actor and presenter James Corden hosting it.

The ITV1 programme contained performances from various artists, many of which had been nominated for BRIT Awards. The performers and the performances are displayed below but are not in chronological order. They are as follows:

  • Take ThatKidz
  • AdeleSomeone Like You
  • RihannaOnly Girl (In the World) / S&M / What’s My Name?
  • Mumford & SonsTimshel
  • Plan BShe Said / Prayin’
  • Tinie Tempah, Eric Turner and LabrinthWritten in the Stars / Miami 2 Ibiza / Pass Out
  • Arcade FireReady To Start
  • Cee Lo Green and Paloma FaithForget You

British rapper Tinie Tempah was nominated for most awards than any other artist, with ‘Best British Album’ and ‘Best British Male’ included amongst his four nominations. He was given two BRIT awards – one for ‘Best British Single’, which was Pass Out, and the second for ‘Best British Breakthrough Act’. Upon receiving what would turn out to be his first award of two, Tinie Tempah proclaimed: “I want to big up God and my family for sticking by me when times are hard.” Canadian indie rock group Arcade Fire were also successful in achieving two BRIT Awards, one for ‘Best International Group’ and the other for ‘Best International Album’; their album is entitled The Suburbs.

Dermot O’Leary presented an award to British pop group Take That for ‘Best British Group’, the first time the group have ever achieved such an award. While the group received the award, member Mark Owen looked at Robbie Williams, who had recently rejoined Take That, and said: “Can I say thanks for coming back mate. Appreciate it. It’s a real pleasure for the five of us to be up here.” The group had a second nomination for ‘Best British Album’ but were unsuccessful in winning the award.

Cee Lo Green, a member of the group Gnarls Barkley, received one BRIT Award for ‘Best International Male’. In his acceptance speech, he commented: “I’m so excited. Thank you so much for this honour. Such a pleasant surprise.” Cee Lo was also nominated for ‘Best International Album’ but failed to achieve the award.

Roger Daltrey, lead singer of English rock group The Who, humourously commented that “[i]t’s good to see the British music industry still has enough money for a good booze up” before giving the award for ‘Best British Album’ to Mumford & Sons for their album, entitled Sigh No More. Marcus Mumford, of the group, said that “[t]his is very bizarre, very strange. Thank you very much indeed. We are very honoured, very humbled.”

Mark Ronson and Ellie Goulding awarded the ‘Critics’ Choice’ to English singer-songwriter Jessie J. Backstage, Jessie J – who is currently at number one in the UK Singles Chart with her song Price Tag, featuring American rapper B.o.B – remarked that “[p]op stands for popular. I want to be a pop icon and take Britain across the world.”

Plan B, another British rapper, achieved the award for ‘Best British Male’. “There’s a lot of people I could be thanking right now, I wanna thank them all together,” he said during his acceptance speech. Having expressed thanks to various family members, friends, his record labels and the people he had worked with, he concluded his speech with the line: “Thank you, everybody. That’s all.”

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Earlier in February 2011, Markus Dravs was given the BRIT Award for ‘Best British Producer’ by Chris Martin, a member of the group Coldplay; Dravs is co-producing a fifth album for the group at present. Dravs was nominated for his work in relation to Arcade Fire album The Suburbs and Mumford & Sons album Sigh No More. “You could hear it in the lyrics and in the commitment in the demos,” he commented. “I really wanted to get involved and see if I could help make the record.”

During the BRIT Awards programme on Tuesday, Cheryl Cole presented the ‘Best International Female’, which was won by Rihanna. The Barbadian pop and R&B singer exclaimed during her acceptance speech: “Britain, I love you! This is so exciting. I want to thank everybody at my label, Mercury […] all my fans here. You guys are the best! I love you so much. This is…this is big. It doesn’t get much bigger than the BRITs, so I love you guys. Thank you so much. This means a lot. I’m the only girl in the world!”

The award for ‘Best International Breakthrough Act’ was given to Justin Bieber, a Canadian pop music / R&B singer. Upon accepting the award, Bieber commented: “I want to thank all my fans over here. You guys are amazing. I want to thank the label over here”. Laura Marling was subsequently awarded ‘Best British Female’. After being presented with the award by Boy George, Marling said: “Thank you. My name’s Laura and there you go, mum. That’s for you and thank you very much to Adam and Laura and everyone at Virgin. This is really weird.”

Shortly after the broadcast of the main programme, performances became available to purchase via iTunes. The The BRIT Trust will receive all of the downloads’ profits as a donation.

Below, all of the recipients of the awards on Tuesday night are available to view in a list, which is not presented in chronological order.

  • Best British Male – Plan B
  • Best British Female – Laura Marling
  • Best British Group – Take That
  • Best British Single – Tinie TempahPass Out
  • Best British Album – Mumford & SonsSigh No More
  • Best British Producer – Markus Dravs
  • Best British Breakthrough Act – Tinie Tempah
  • Best International Male – Cee Lo Green
  • Best International Female – Rihanna
  • Best International Group – Arcade Fire
  • Best International Album – Arcade FireThe Suburbs
  • Best International Breakthrough Act – Justin Bieber
  • Critics’ Choice – Jessie J

Below is an image gallery displaying library photographs of some of the acts who appeared at the BRIT Awards 2011:

Adele, who sang 'Someone Like You', performing in 2007. Image: Mpawsy.

Adele, who sang ‘Someone Like You’, performing in 2007.
Image: Mpawsy.

Rihanna, who won 'Best International Female' and who sang 'Only Girl (In the World) / S&M / What's My Name?', performing in 2010. Image: Vitorvicentevalente.

Rihanna, who won ‘Best International Female’ and who sang ‘Only Girl (In the World) / S&M / What’s My Name?’, performing in 2010.
Image: Vitorvicentevalente.

Mumford & Sons, who won 'Best British Album' for their album 'Sigh No More' and who sang 'Timshel', performing in 2009. Image: prusakolep.

Mumford & Sons, who won ‘Best British Album’ for their album ‘Sigh No More’ and who sang ‘Timshel’, performing in 2009.
Image: prusakolep.

Plan B, who won 'Best British Male' and who sang 'She Said / Prayin'', performing in 2007. Image: Tony2Times.Plan B, who won ‘Best British Male’ and who sang ‘She Said / Prayin”, performing in 2007.
Image: Tony2Times.
Tinie Tempah, who achieved 'Best British Single' and 'Best British Breakthrough Act', as well as singing 'Written in the Stars / Miami 2 Ibiza / Pass Out' alongside Eric Turner and Labrinth, performing in 2010. Image: Göteborg & Co.Tinie Tempah, who achieved ‘Best British Single’ and ‘Best British Breakthrough Act’, as well as singing ‘Written in the Stars / Miami 2 Ibiza / Pass Out’ alongside Eric Turner and Labrinth, performing in 2010.
Image: Göteborg & Co.
Arcade Fire, who won 'Best International Album' - for their album 'The Suburbs' - and 'Best International Group', as well as singing 'Ready To Start', performing in 2007. Image: Bertrand.Arcade Fire, who won ‘Best International Album’ – for their album ‘The Suburbs’ – and ‘Best International Group’, as well as singing ‘Ready To Start’, performing in 2007.
Image: Bertrand.
Cee Lo Green, who won 'Best International Male' and who sang 'Forget You' alongside Paloma Faith, performing in 2008. Image: Chris Hakkens.Cee Lo Green, who won ‘Best International Male’ and who sang ‘Forget You’ alongside Paloma Faith, performing in 2008.
Image: Chris Hakkens.
Laura Marling, who won 'Best British Female', performing in 2007. Image: DearCatastropheWaitress.Laura Marling, who won ‘Best British Female’, performing in 2007.
Image: DearCatastropheWaitress.
Justin Bieber, who won 'Best International Breakthrough Act', at the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll. Image: Daniel Ogren.Justin Bieber, who won ‘Best International Breakthrough Act’, at the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll.
Image: Daniel Ogren.
Jessie J, who was given the 'Critics' Choice' award, performing in 2008. Image: Lancashire County Council.Jessie J, who was given the ‘Critics’ Choice’ award, performing in 2008.
Image: Lancashire County Council.
Presenter James Corden, seen here at a BBC Radio Wales roadshow in 2008. Image: Ben Salter.Presenter James Corden, seen here at a BBC Radio Wales roadshow in 2008.
Image: Ben Salter.

On Wednesday, the news emerged that the BRIT Awards 2011 gained approximately 4.8 million viewers, the smallest viewing figures the show has experienced for five years. The ratings of the ceremony were beaten by the last episode of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings in the series, broadcast on Channel 4 from 2100-2200 UTC on Tuesday; the viewing figures stood at approximately 6.5 million viewers. Holby City, broadcast on BBC One, also attracted more viewers than the BRIT Awards 2011. The programme, which was shown from 2000-2100 UTC, received approximately 5.8 million viewers.

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August 31, 2010

Rem Koolhaas wins Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

Rem Koolhaas wins Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

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Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has been awarded the “Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement” at the opening ceremony of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, on August 28th. The decision was taken by the Board of the Biennale, upon the proposal of the Director of this year’s exhibition, Kazuyo Sejima. The Board stated that “Rem Koolhaas has expanded the possibilities of architecture. He has focused on the exchanges between people in space. He creates buildings that bring people together and in this way forms ambitious goals for architecture. His influence on the world has come well beyond architecture.” The Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima, who won this year’s Pritzker Prize is the Biennale’s first female director.

Rem Koolhaas is renown as one of the founders of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 1975, and author of Delirious New York (1978) and S,M,L,XL (1995). Among his most important buildings are the Netherlands Dance Theatre at The Hague, the Nexus Housing at Fukuoka in Japan, the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, the Grand Palais of Euralille in Lille, the Villa dall’Ava in Paris, and the Seattle Public Library. One of his most recent projects is the China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters building in Beijing.

The Board also awarded a special Golden Lion in memory of the Japanese architect, Kazuo Shinohara, who died in 2006. The Golden Lion for the best National Participation was this year awarded to the Kingdom of Bahrain. Located in Venice‘s Arsenal and Giardini, the Biennale will be open until November 21.



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December 14, 2009

Ryan Giggs named BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Ryan Giggs named BBC Sports Personality of the Year

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Welsh footballer Ryan Giggs was named as the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year in a ceremony Sunday night. The 36-year-old Manchester United and Welsh international player has won a record eleven Premier League titles in his career, and made over 800 appearances for his club.

Giggs holding the Premier League trophy in 2008

The award is given in December each year to a British sportsman or woman, and is voted for by the public. Giggs is only the fifth footballer to win since the award started in 1954, the most recent being David Beckham in 2001.

Formula One driver Jenson Button was runner-up, and heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis came in third.

Giggs said that winning came as a shock. “I grew up watching this programme. To see the people that have won it and to be here is unbelievable,” he said in his acceptance speech.

“I am playing for the greatest manager that has ever lived and I’m playing for the greatest club,” Giggs said. “Perhaps I’ve become more appreciated as I have got older. It’s unusual for a 36-year-old to be playing with a team like Manchester United for 20 years but I am enjoying it and long may it continue.”

Through his career United is the only club Giggs has played at. This year he made his 800th appearance and scored his 150th goal, and in April he also won the PFA Player Of The Year award.

Seve Ballesteros won the event’s Lifetime Achievement award. The Spanish golfer, who is suffering from a brain tumour, was unable to attend the event, but received a standing ovation. His award was presented at his home in Padrena by fellow golfer José María Olazábal.

“It’s a pity I’m not there. I’m very sorry, I know I’m missing a good show, thank you very much to everyone,” Ballasteros said.

15-year-old diver Tom Daley won Young Sports Personality of the Year for the second time, as well as being one of the ten contenders for the main award. “It’s been a good year for me and I would just like to thank everyone who has helped me,” Daley said.

Comedian Eddie Izzard received a special award for his contributions to the charity event Sport Relief. Earlier this year he completed 43 marathons across the United Kingdom in 51 days, running a total of 1,100 miles. Izzard said that he decided on the challenge as “a health idea”. He trained for only five weeks before setting out.

“Everything was painful. People asked me if I enjoyed the running, but I enjoyed the stopping! I staggered, I ran and I crawled,” he admitted when accepting the award. His efforts netted over £200,000 for charity.

The awards were presented at the Sheffield Arena, in front of 11,000 people.

Full list of awards

Sports Personality of the Year Ryan Giggs, footballer
Team of the Year England cricket team
Coach of the Year Fabio Capello, England football coach
Young Sports Personality of the Year Tom Daley, diver
Overseas Sports Personality of the Year Usain Bolt, sprinter
Helen Rollason Award Major Phil Packer, for charity work
Sports Unsung Hero Doreen Adcock, swimming coach
Special Award Eddie Izzard
Lifetime Achievement Seve Ballesteros, golfer



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November 25, 2009

Sakurai Prize awarded for Higgs boson theories

Sakurai Prize awarded for Higgs boson theories

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The American Physical Society has awarded its 2010 J. J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics to six scientists for their contributions to theories on the origin of mass, including the key concepts of the Higgs boson and Higgs mechanism. The recipients are:

  • C. R. Hagen, University of Rochester
  • Gerald Guralnik, Brown University
  • Tom Kibble, Imperial College London
  • Robert Brout, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • François Englert, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Peter Higgs, University of Edinburgh, Emeritus

The full citation stated the prize was awarded “For elucidation of the properties of spontaneous symmetry breaking in four-dimensional relativistic gauge theory and of the mechanism for the consistent generation of vector boson masses.” The J. J. Sakurai Prize will be presented at the APS 2010 meeting in Washington, DC at a special Ceremonial session in February 2010.

The Higgs mechanism is a key element of the electroweak theory that forms part of the Standard Model of particle physics, and of many models that go beyond it. The papers that introduce this mechanism were published in the journal Physical Review Letters in 1964 and were each recognized as milestone papers by PRL’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN and the Tevatron in the United States are searching for a particle, the Higgs boson, that will constitute evidence for this theory. Because of its importance this particle is often referred to as the “God Particle”. The LHC, a vast scientific experiment to smash together sub-atomic particles, recently moved a step closer to its goal. On Friday physicists announced they had sent protons all the way round the 27 km ring beneath the France–Switzerland border, and on Monday announced the first successful collisions. This follows a major setback which shut down the collider for 14 months.



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October 6, 2009

Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” wins Man Booker Prize 2009

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The 2009 Man Booker Prize has been awarded to British author Hilary Mantel for her historical novel Wolf Hall. 57 other authors were short-listed, including former winners AS Byatt and JM Coetzee, as well as Sarah Waters, whose book, The Little Stranger, has sold more copies than Wolf Hall.

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The winning novel tells the tale of Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to Tudor king Henry VIII. In her acceptance speech, Mantel said “I can tell you at this moment I am happily flying through the air.”

Mantel was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2006, 21 years after her first novel, Every Day is Mother’s Day, was published in 1985. Wolf Hall was the longest book on the list.

The decision was not unanimous, but all 5 judges were happy to award Mantel the trophy £50,000 prize at the London Guildhall. The judges assert that, despite differing opinions, the decision was not a compromise. James Naughtie said, “When we gathered this morning none of us knew which book was going to win. I think we all felt exhausted at the end of the process but there was real feeling that we had found a book that was worthy of the prize.”

The judges this year were Lucasta Miller, a biographer and critic; Professor John Mullan; James Naughtie, the chairman of judges; Sue Perkins, a comedian, journalist, and broadcaster; and Michael Prodger, the literary editor of The Sunday Telegraph;.

According to Ladbrokes bookmakers, the novel was the clear favourite, with 80% of people betting on it. Some thought this backing would go against the book, since the last time the bookmakers’ favourite won was in 2002, when the prize was given to Yann Martel‘s The Life of Pi.


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Hilary Mantel\’s \”Wolf Hall\” wins Man Booker Prize 2009

Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” wins Man Booker Prize 2009

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The 2009 Man Booker Prize has been awarded to British author Hilary Mantel for her historical novel Wolf Hall. 57 other authors were short-listed, including former winners AS Byatt and JM Coetzee, as well as Sarah Waters, whose book, The Little Stranger, has sold more copies than Wolf Hall.

Cquote1.svg I can tell you at this moment I am happily flying through the air. Cquote2.svg

—Hilary Mantel

The winning novel tells the tale of Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to Tudor king Henry VIII. In her acceptance speech, Mantel said “I can tell you at this moment I am happily flying through the air.”

Mantel was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2006, 21 years after her first novel, Every Day is Mother’s Day, was published in 1985. Wolf Hall was the longest book on the list.

The decision was not unanimous, but all 5 judges were happy to award Mantel the trophy £50,000 prize at the London Guildhall. The judges assert that, despite differing opinions, the decision was not a compromise. James Naughtie said, “When we gathered this morning none of us knew which book was going to win. I think we all felt exhausted at the end of the process but there was real feeling that we had found a book that was worthy of the prize.”

The judges this year were Lucasta Miller, a biographer and critic; Professor John Mullan; James Naughtie, the chairman of judges; Sue Perkins, a comedian, journalist, and broadcaster; and Michael Prodger, the literary editor of The Sunday Telegraph;.

According to Ladbrokes bookmakers, the novel was the clear favourite, with 80% of people betting on it. Some thought this backing would go against the book, since the last time the bookmakers’ favourite won was in 2002, when the prize was given to Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi.


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