18-year-old Erika DeBenedictis recently won the top prize — and $100,000 — in the Intel Science Talent Search for developing a software system can help create "easy transit routes" through the solar system for spacecrafts. [MSNBC]
The Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded this morning to two American academics, one of whom, Elinor Ostrom, is the first female to win the award out of the sixty-two individuals who have received the prize previously.
It's a good morning for Barack Obama: He woke up early this morning to the news that he has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." [AP, NYT]