The annual celebration of scientific discovery and cultural improvement known as the Nobel Prizes has now concluded its 2013 edition. The scientists behind the identification of the Higgs boson particle at CERN received well-earned recognition, while the impact of science was also felt on the Peace Prize award. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was the surprising choice in that category, with the awarding committee acknowledging not only its work in overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, but its broader mission to put a global stop to chemical warfare of all kinds.