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 Post subject: Re: Nobels 2012, etc.
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:22 pm 
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The idea of "tweezers" made of light is so cool it sounds like it should be scifi, not sci.

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The idea of "tweezers" made of light is so cool it sounds like it should be scifi, not sci.
The difference is only a matter of time.

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yovargas wrote:
The idea of "tweezers" made of light is so cool it sounds like it should be scifi, not sci.

So I was using my tweezers to pull apart RNA and DNA molecules and measure the forces involved.

There were two days a year when everything worked and that wasn't science fiction. Reading sci-fi is a lot less frustrating than living it, lemme tell ya.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Frances H. Arnold, George P. Smith, and Sir Gregory P. Winter for the directed evolution of enzymes and for the phage display of peptides and antibodies.
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The power of evolution is revealed through the diversity of life. The 2018 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry have taken control of evolution and used it for purposes that bring the greatest benefit to humankind. Enzymes produced through directed evolution are used to manufacture everything from biofuels to pharmaceuticals. Antibodies evolved using a method called phage display can combat autoimmune diseases and in some cases cure metastatic cancer.

Since the first seeds of life arose around 3.7 billion years ago, almost every crevice on Earth has filled with different organisms. Life has spread to hot springs, deep oceans and dry deserts, all because evolution has solved a number of chemical problems. Life’s chemical tools – proteins – have been optimised, changed and renewed, creating incredible diversity.

This year’s Nobel Laureates in Chemistry have been inspired by the power of evolution and used the same principles – genetic change and selection – to develop proteins that solve mankind’s chemical problems.

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Frelga wrote:
yovargas wrote:
The idea of "tweezers" made of light is so cool it sounds like it should be scifi, not sci.
The difference is only a matter of time.



:rofl:

Wash: Psychic, though? That sounds like something out of science-fiction.
Zoë: We live in a spaceship, dear.

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Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman dies at 96

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Leon Lederman, an experimental physicist who studied subatomic particles, has died at 96 after selling his Nobel Prize for $765,000 at an auction to help pay medical bills.

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...to help pay medical bills.


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NYtimes reported that he sold it after he turned 90 (diagnosed with Dementia), and the proceeds were “set aside to pay for future medical expenses”.

Is there a difference? Maybe yes, maybe no.

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So I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge the Nobel Prize for Literature. It would have been announced today, except it appears that there's been some drama and dysfunction in the Swedish Academy and no prize was awarded this year.

Tomorrow, the Peace Prize.

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Peace Prize awarded for fighting sexual violence.

2018 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Congolese Doctor and Yazidi Activist https://nyti.ms/2CtRW6s?smid=nytcore-ios-share

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River wrote:
yovargas wrote:
The idea of "tweezers" made of light is so cool it sounds like it should be scifi, not sci.

So I was using my tweezers to pull apart RNA and DNA molecules and measure the forces involved.

There were two days a year when everything worked and that wasn't science fiction. Reading sci-fi is a lot less frustrating than living it, lemme tell ya.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Frances H. Arnold, George P. Smith, and Sir Gregory P. Winter for the directed evolution of enzymes and for the phage display of peptides and antibodies.
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The power of evolution is revealed through the diversity of life. The 2018 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry have taken control of evolution and used it for purposes that bring the greatest benefit to humankind. Enzymes produced through directed evolution are used to manufacture everything from biofuels to pharmaceuticals. Antibodies evolved using a method called phage display can combat autoimmune diseases and in some cases cure metastatic cancer.

Since the first seeds of life arose around 3.7 billion years ago, almost every crevice on Earth has filled with different organisms. Life has spread to hot springs, deep oceans and dry deserts, all because evolution has solved a number of chemical problems. Life’s chemical tools – proteins – have been optimised, changed and renewed, creating incredible diversity.

This year’s Nobel Laureates in Chemistry have been inspired by the power of evolution and used the same principles – genetic change and selection – to develop proteins that solve mankind’s chemical problems.


George P. Smith is with the University of Missouri, Columbia. Their campus is only a couple of miles from where I work. My younger daughter got her degree there. Wow. I had no idea there were any Nobel worthy scholars nearby. :shock: ;)


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The Nobel Peace Prize this year seems a fitting social commentary. I applaud it.

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Its that time of year again.

Nobel Prize in Physics winners 'forever changed our conceptions of the world'

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Not sure if this should go here; but nevertheless:

C.S. Lewis nominated J.R.R. Tolkien for the 1961 Nobel Prize for Literature. He was rejected on the grounds that his writing "has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality."

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-16440150

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I don't have a problem with posting it here. It's not new news, but I would guess not everyone has seen it before.

Meanwhile, this year's Nobel Peace Prize went to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed "for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea."

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“Pioneers in Poverty Alleviation Share the Nobel Economics Prize: Three professors, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, both of M.I.T., and Michael Kremer of Harvard, were honored on Monday.”

I especially like the fact that they were chosen for studying specific interventions that have outstanding impact. Such as, deworming and tutoring.

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