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US wins again as ‘global Nobel’ trend continues

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The United States has once again dominated the Nobel prizes for science, even as winners are based out of an ever-growing number of countries.

With this year’s physics, medicine and chemistry Nobel winners revealed, the US has dominated the medals podium. Five of the eight researchers who won awards have institutional affiliations in the US, with one listing two US institutions as host.

The US has steadily increased its share of the prizes over the years: around 30 per cent of institutions that all past winners were affiliated to were in the US in the 1960s, growing to 40 per cent in the 1980s. This has risen to 50 per cent in the past decade, where the US share remains.

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