FUN: Nobel Prize Handicapping

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Science  15 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5793, pp. 1547
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5793.1547c

The first of this year's Nobel prizes won't be announced until 2 October, but the prognosticating has already begun. This site from the publisher Thomson Scientific predicts contenders for the science awards. The company's experts factor in variables such as the number of highly cited papers and whether the candidate has already nabbed another significant prize. Of Thomson's 27 picks since 2002, four have won the Nobel. An online poll lets visitors vote for their favorites. In the chemistry category, for instance, three researchers who probed the roles of nuclear hormone receptors had the edge last week.

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