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Chemistry Nobel

NPR's Joe Palca reports on the winners of this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry. John Fenn of the United States, Koichi Tanaka of Japan and Kurt Wuethrich of Switzerland won the prize for developing tools to analyze and study important biological molecules called proteins.

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Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, "Joe's Big Idea." Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. Palca is also the founder of NPR Scicommers – A science communication collective.