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Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Goes to Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

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Beatrice Fihn, left, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Daniel Hogsta, center, coordinator, and Grethe Ostern, right, member of the steering committee, celebrate with champagne at the headquarters of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

By    |   Friday, 06 Oct 2017 12:21 PM

The Nobel Peace Prize 2017 was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) on Friday.

ICAN was instrumental in achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that was adopted by 122 nations on July 7.

Upon presenting the award, the Nobel committee said it recognized ICAN’s efforts to highlight the catastrophic humanitarian consequences involved in the use of nuclear weapons.

Credit was also given to the campaign’s "groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons," according to Time.

The committee said that, through presenting the award to ICAN, it was putting a call to states to participate in negotiations to phase out the almost 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world.

Meanwhile, the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 was divided, with Rainer Weiss receiving half the award, and the other half jointly shared by Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne.

The award was in recognition of their contributions to "the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves," announced The Nobel Assembly.

The researchers were able to observe the universe's gravitational waves for the very first time in September.

The waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years ago, came from a collision between two black holes and took 1.3 billion years to arrive at the LIGO detector in the U.S.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 was received by Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for the development of cryo-electron microscopy, which both simplifies and improves the imaging of biomolecules.

According to a statement by The Nobel Assembly, this method has moved biochemistry into a new era.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2017 was awarded jointly to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young.

This was based upon their "discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm," according to The Nobel Assembly.

Their discoveries ultimately explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronized with the Earth's revolutions.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2017 was awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world," stated The Nobel Assembly.

The 2017 Prize in Economic Sciences is still to be announced, with officials expecting to make the call midmorning on Monday, Oct. 9.

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