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The Nobel Prizes and a bdw innovation

December 10, 2013 is one of the happiest days in the lives of twelve people meeting in Stockholm. You receive the Nobel Prize! Anyone who can then put on a few years in good condition can be doubly lucky. The best example is Klaus von Klitzing, 70, who received this award at the age of 42. He is brilliantly on the road to this day and for decades a highly sought after turntable and speaker.

In the run-up to the price announcement, which always takes place at the beginning of October, the bdw editors naturally speculate on who could be on it. Rüdiger Vaas shot off the bird this year as he committed himself to Peter Higgs and François Englert. Immediately after the announcement rang at Vaas the keys - he wrote for about the meaning of the two. The other scientific prizes were also acknowledged in detail in our Internet portal. Therefore, in this issue we have limited ourselves to the memorandum of the Nobel Prize winners.

Science in Germany waits in vain for such a predicate since 2009 - the now excellent Göttingen native Thomas C. Südhof has been working in the USA since 1983. But ignoring the scientists in this country is no cause for concern. Because the pleasingly benevolent treatment of research in the Federal Republic of Germany only began a few years ago: in 2005, the Excellence Initiative for the Promotion of Science and Research at the universities was launched. And the large non-university research organizations have only recently been strategically managed in such a way that they produce more internationally brilliant work than in the past. I am sure that the next Nobel prizes made in Germany are laid on the keel.

However, it is usually several decades before scientific findings are awarded the Nobel Prize. This is also confirmed by the prizes awarded this year.

You can see a newcomer in the bdw family on the left: the image of the science SPECIAL "Mysterious advanced cultures". It will be available in retail outlets from 19 November or directly from the publisher: The fact that we are releasing this issue shortly before the turn of the year may help you to plan your vacation in 2014: many of the phenomenal testimonies of the past mentioned in the magazine can still be viewed. I can definitely promise you reading pleasure with the SPEZIAL.

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