YouTube offers chance to quiz Nobel winners

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YouTube viewers worldwide have the unique opportunity to ask a Nobel laureate a question on the official Nobel Prize channel. NASA's John Mather, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics for measuring the echoes of the Big Bang, will be the first to answer a selection of video questions submitted via YouTube. The deadline for questions is 30 October.


Nobelprize.org, the official web site of the Nobel Foundation, manages The Nobel Prize YouTube channel, and disseminates content from its archives gathered since the first Nobel Prize was awarded in 1901. Besides spreading information about all the discoveries, achievements and inspirational stories that have been rewarded by the Nobel Prize, Nobelprize.org is now offering anyone the chance to pose their questions directly to a Nobel Laureate via its YouTube channel.


With the assistance of NASA, John Mather, Nobel Laureate in Physics 2006 is first up. Dr Mather is the first NASA researcher to receive the Nobel Prize, which he received with George Smoot for their discoveries regarding the echoes of the Big Bang - providing extraordinary glimpses of the beginning of the Universe.


Ask a Nobel winner


Per Gunnar Holmgren, CEO of Nobelprize.org says, "The Nobel Prize YouTube channel is an excellent forum to promote interaction with Nobel Laureates. With John Mather in particular and his research about the origins of the Universe, an array of questions can be raised. By increasing access to Nobel Laureates, we encourage students, educators, researchers and the general public to take this opportunity to communicate with John Mather."


If you are in Stockholm, you can ask questions at a special YouTube pod stationed at the Nobel Museum between October 20 and 24. Free admission will be given to visitors who ask a question. Those who can’t get there in person can submit a video question online, provided it’s shorter than 30 seconds and they hold the camera steady.