On Monday, the 2012 Nobel Prizes were awarded for outstanding contributions in the fields of literature, medicine, physics, chemistry, economics, and peacemaking.
In each science category, prizes were awarded jointly to two individuals for work in areas such as quantum physics and cellular programming. Chinese author and storyteller Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and sparked a minor controversy over his statements concerning “necessary censorship” in his acceptance speech in Stockholm.
On the same day in Oslo, The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for “for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.”
From the series: 2004 Nobel Prize winner Frank Wilczek helps debunk the danger of the Large Hadron Collider, which some believe could create a unstable black hole that would destroy our existence– with an emphasis on unstable.