The Big, the Small, and the Complex is a series exploring the latest developments in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience—fields recognized by The Kavli Prize. This series is made possible with support from The Kavli Foundation, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and the Royal Norwegian Consulate General. Winners of the 2016 prestigious $1 million Kavli Prize were announced live via satellite at the 2016 World Science Festival.

Photo by Greg Kessler.

High Honors for Big Ideas Set the Tone for a Fascinating Festival

06/03/16See Comments

Following a thrilling opening night celebration of the life and work of Dr. Oliver Sacks, nine scientists took home Kavli Prizes on Day 2 of...[Read More]


Reality Since Einstein

02/11/16See Comments

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, leaders from multiple fields of physics discuss its essential insights, its lingering questions,...[Read More]

photo by Christopher Farber, WIRED Data Life 2013,

Kavli Prizes Awards Ceremony Honors Research On The Big, The Small, And The Complex

09/09/14See Comments

The 2014 Kavli Prize awards ceremony kicks off today in Oslo, Norway, where nine scientists will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the fields...[Read More]


How Do You Make a Nanorobot?

02/06/14See Comments

Working at a small scale has big challenges. Nanoroboticist Metin Sitti designs and builds microscopic robots that can venture into the human body. What does...[Read More]


Kavli Prize Announcement

Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 8:00 AM

2014 Kavli Prizes

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM

The prestigious biennial Kavli Prizes recognize scientists for major advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience—the big, the small and the complex. The...[Read More]


The Craving Brain: The Neuroscience of Uncontrollable Urges

Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Counseling . . . therapy . . . self-control. The path to curing addiction has never been easy. Addiction short-circuits the brain’s reward system, releasing...[Read More]