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Three Share Nobel for Chemical Process

Frenchman Yves Chauvin and Americans Robert Grubbs and Richard Schrock win the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Their research shows how to custom-make molecules for cheaper, cleaner chemicals and drugs to combat major diseases. The prize is worth $1.3 million.

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Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, "Joe's Big Idea." Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. Palca is also the founder of NPR Scicommers – A science communication collective.