08-10-2009   -   Nobel Chemistry Prize

Thu 8 Oct 2009 The 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awards Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz and Ada E. Yonath for having showed what the ribosome looks like and how it functions at the atomic level. All three have used a method called X-ray crystallography to map the position for each and every one of the hundreds of thousands of atoms that make up the ribosome. Their studies covered one of life's core processes: the ribosome's translation of DNA information into life. Ribosomes produce proteins, which in turn control the chemistry in all living organisms. As ribosomes are crucial to life, they are also a major target for new antibiotics. more

  07-10-2009   -   Nobel Physics Prize

Wed 7 Oct 2009. The 2009 Nobel Prize in physics goes to Charles Kao of Standard Communications Labs in England and the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the invention of practical optical fiber communication, and George Smith and Willard Boyle of Bell Labs in New Jersey, for inventing the charge-coupled device, the CCD, making digital cameras possible.more

  05-10-2009   -   Nuclear

Mon 5 Oct 2009 NASA has made a series of critical strides toward the development of new nuclear reactors the size of a trash can that could power a human outpost on the moon or Mars. more

  05-10-2009   -   Nobel Medicine Prize

Mon 5 Oct 2009 The 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to 3 USA scientists; Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider, and Jack W. Szostak for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.more

  28-09-2009   -   ICT

Mon 28 Sep 2009 Ants Vs. Worms: New Computer Security Mimics Nature. In the never-ending battle to protect computer networks from intruders, security experts are deploying a new defense modeled after one of nature’s hardiest creatures - the digital ant. more

  27-09-2009   -   Agriculture

Sun 27 Sep 2009 A new computing tool that could help scientists predict how plants will react to different environmental conditions in order to create better crops, such as tastier and longer lasting tomatoes, is being developed by researchers. Scientists are keen to develop new strains of crops such as drought resistant wheat and new pesticides that are more environmentally friendly. However, in order to do this, they need to predict how the genes inside plants will react when they are subjected to different chemicals or environmental conditions. more

  06-09-2009   -   Physics

Sun 6 Sep 2009 Scientists Cool Gas By Laser Bombardment. Three decades ago, American and Finnish scientists came up with a very powerful method for cooling gases by 'laser bombardment.' Now physicists at the University of Bonn have demonstrated that it actually works. The work of the Bonn scientists will appear in the forthcoming issue of the journal Nature. Fast cooling by laser bombardment could also possibly be used for the construction of new mini fridges.more

  03-09-2009   -   Energy

Thu 3 Sep 2009 Japan to spend $21 billion on solar power imported from outer space. The one-gigawatt orbiting solar power station boasting some four kilometers of solar panels—maybe of the super-efficient Spectrolab variety but more likely domestically sourced from Mitsubishi or Sharp with other firms willing to contribute. The space solar power station would orbit some 36,000 kilometers above Earth and transmit power to Earth in a microwave or laser beam. providing enough power for roughly 300,000 Japanese homes. more

  26-08-2009   -   Agriculture

Wed 26 Aug 2009 Will watermelon be the next biofuel? Twenty percent of watermelons never make it to the picnic table. Rather, one in every five is left to ripen and rot in the field, rejected for even the slightest of cosmetic imperfections. But U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers may have found a way to elevate these outcasts to an even higher calling than the summer BBQ: biofuel production. more

  18-08-2009   -   Nano Tech

Tue 18 Aug 2009 New Nanolaser Key To Future Optical Computers &Technologies. Researchers have created the tiniest laser (spaser) since its invention nearly 50 years ago, paving the way for a host of innovations, including superfast computers that use light instead of electrons to process information, advanced sensors and imaging.more

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