The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced three new awards for scientific breakthroughs, according to this BBC news report. The Kavli Prizes, funded by Norwegian entrepreneur Fred Kavli, come with a $1 million prize and will be awarded in the fields of nanoscience, neuroscience, and astrophysics. They'll be presented for the first time next year, and the prize committee is currently accepting nominations.

 

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