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He was weakened by cancer, but Nobel laureate Richard Smalley was still eager to pull on rubber boots, wade into water with a light tube, and pose before a model of a molecule he discovered—all to make his point: Nanotechnology can help us. In 1985 Smalley and his team discovered a remarkably strong molecule made of 60 carbon atoms and resembling a geodesic dome; they dubbed it a buckyball (after Buckminster Fuller, who invented the dome).

Photograph by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic

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Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia. King became the most important and influential civil rights leader in the United States.

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: atlanta, civil disobedience, civil rights, electricity, justice, martin luther king, jr., nobel prize, non-violence, protests
Happy Birthday, Boris Pasternak
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Happy Birthday, Boris Pasternak

On February 10, 1890, writer Boris Pasternak was born in Moscow, Russia.

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: boris pasternak, literature, nobel prize, politics, soviet union, writers
Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize
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Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize

On October 12, 2007, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) won the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of their efforts to bring attention to the issue of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: climate, climate change, energy, environment, global warming, weather
CFC Researchers Win Nobel Prize
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CFC Researchers Win Nobel Prize

On October 11, 1995, Mario Molina, Sherwood Rowland, and Paul Crutzen won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work demonstrating that gases known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are eating away Earth's ozone layer.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: atmosphere, chemistry, health, ozone hole, radiation
Dalai Lama Wins Nobel Peace Prize
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Dalai Lama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

On October 5, 1989, the Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his nonviolent campaign to end the Chinese occupation of Tibet. The

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: buddhism, civil rights, conflict, dalai lama, dharamsala, government, nobel prize, politics, religion, tibet
Mosquitos Shown to Spread Malaria
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Mosquitos Shown to Spread Malaria

On August 20, 1897, British doctor Ronald Ross proved that malaria could be spread by mosquitoes.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: diseases, health, history, malaria, mosquitoes, nobel prize, ronald ross, tropical, vectors
Mother Teresa Dies
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Mother Teresa Dies

On September 5, 1997, Mother Teresa died in Calcutta (now Kolkota), India, at the age of 87. 

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: catholicism, charity, india, international organizations, poverty
Chimps vs. Humans: Successful Societies
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Chimps vs. Humans: Successful Societies

Video. How can humans and chimpanzees use their smarts to improve their socieites?

  • Concepts: animal behavior, animals, behavior, chimpanzees, cooperative behavior, emerging explorers, explorers, field work, game theory , jill pruetz, ng live, nobel prize, roger myerson, societies
Turning Failure into Nobel Gold
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Turning Failure into Nobel Gold

Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Beth Shapiro discuss why only certain species survive.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: discovery, experiments, green florescent protein, hypothesis, labs, martin chalfie, ng live, nobel prize