Medicine Nobel Prize 2009.
The winners of the Nobel Prize in Medicine 2009 have been announced. Yes, WINNERS in plural, because there are three of them: Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider, and Jack Szostak. All due to their research against cancer and aging. The trio worked together to solve one of the biggest mysteries of biology: “How chromosomes can be copied in a complete way during cell divisions and how they are protected against degradation”. Blackburn is a Professor of biology and physiology at the University of California in San Francisco, Greider is a Professor in the department of molecular biology and genetics at John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, and Szostak is a Professor of genetics at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The Nobel Laureates take center stage in Stockholm on December 10, when they receive the Nobel Prize Medal, Nobel Prize Diploma and document confirming the Nobel Prize amount from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

How to make girls happy.
Author Peter Eriksson has written a manual for boyfriends on how to deal with their girlfriends. The book includes tricks like: “listen to your girlfriend” and “when it comes to cleaning, make sure you take the initiative”. Eriksson says most boyfriends (and men, dare we add?) have how-to books when it comes to cars and that they are in desperate need of something similar when it comes to their girlfriends (and wives). But boys and men aren’t the only ones who need instruction, girls and women do too. “Nagging is a waste of time,’ Eriksson says. “Don’t tell him what he does wrong, instead tell him what it is you need.” And what is it the most important thing a guy can do for his girlfriend? “Give her more declarations and tokens of love and less dirty socks on the floor.” Handbok för Pojkvänner, Bokförlaget Forum, 2009. ISBN: 9137135074

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More power to the King?
The king of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, has no real power when it comes to the affairs of Sweden. Politician Annicka Engblom (of the Moderates – the center right, liberal conservative political party in Sweden) wants to change that. “The time is ripe for it,” she says. Engblom says that most democratic monarchies have a king who formally leads the job by forming a government. Sweden ought to do the same, and have the king take over the speaker’s part when it comes to suggesting and choosing prime minister and government. “I think we ought to strengthen our monarchy,” Engblom says. “And the speaker is never neutral anyway, since he is a politician. Better then to have the monarch decide. Our royal family is part of our cultural heritage and of our Swedish identity, we ought to take care of it.” What do you think?