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Nobel body should embrace broader definition of science

Continuing to ignore the evolution of science, which has expanded to include ever more facets of our world, could harm the field's overall standing.

Many scientists and even some Nobel laureates say that much of today's most exciting and important science resides at the borders of traditional disciplines or in ones that don't have a dedicated prize.

IN THE mid-1960s, Robert Paine, a scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle, discovered a hidden organising principle in the coastal ecosystem he was studying. When a certain species of starfish was present, a panoply of algae, limpets, barnacles, anemones and mussels lived in...