3 Inventors of world’s tiniest machines to share Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 5, 2016 by  
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This week, the international team that invented the world’s tiniest machines won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Three scientists will share the prize in an even split: Jean-Pierre Sauvage (France), Sir Fraser Stoddart (Great Britain), and Bernard “Ben” Feringa (Netherlands). Over the course of 16 years beginning in 1983, these three invented and developed molecular machines that could some day lead to breakthroughs in new materials and energy storage devices. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfB4NHDI83Q The molecular machines (also known as nanomachines ) invented and developed by this international trio are 1,000 times smaller than a single strand of hair. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences , which awards the Chemistry prize, describes the potential of the team’s innovation. “They have developed molecules with controllable movements, which can perform a task when energy is added,” the academy said in a statement. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry (in addition to global fame) pays out $931,000 (8 million Swedish Krona). Stoddart, Sauvage, and Feringa will split the prize three ways. Related: Tiny nano motors could scrub our oceans clean of CO2 pollution In 1983, Sauvage successfully linked two ring-shaped molecules, creating a chain—the first breakthrough leading to the development of the tiny machines. In 1991, Stoddart developed a molecule called rotaxane, which involves a dumbbell-shaped molecule with a ring around its middle. Feringa, in 1999, became the first person to create a molecular motor, completing the machine. He has used molecular motors to rotate a glass cylinder 10,000 times bigger than the motor, hinting at the scientific potential of these incredibly minuscule machines. “The molecular motor is at the same stage as the electric motor was in the 1830s, when scientists displayed various spinning cranks and wheels, unaware that they would lead to electric trains, washing machines, fans and food processors,” the jury said when announcing the winners. Via DailyMail Images via Lard Bucket and Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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Scientists who discovered how to unboil an egg win an Ig Nobel Prize

September 18, 2015 by  
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The scientists at Australia’s Flinders University , who became famous for  figuring out how to un-boil an egg , have been awarded the prestigious Ig Nobel prize. Using a machine called the Vortex Fluidic Device , Professor Colin Raston and his team were able to return some of the egg whites back to their fluidic state. The feat of kitchen science could mean big things for the pharmaceutical industry, and nabbed the scientist the award- given for science that makes people “laugh, and then think.” Read the rest of Scientists who discovered how to unboil an egg win an Ig Nobel Prize

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Blue LED Inventors Win the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics

October 7, 2014 by  
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The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three scientists for “the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.” The work of Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara was integral to the creation of now-standard white LED bulbs that provide “more long-lasting and more efficient alternatives to older light sources.” Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Blue LED Inventors Win the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “light bulbs” , 2014 nobel , blue leds , green lighting , Hiroshi Amano , Isamu Akasaki , LED , LED bulbs , led invention , LED lighting , light emitting diode , Nobel Prize , physics , Shuji Nakamura , ucsb

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Nobel Prize Awarded for Blue LEDs

October 7, 2014 by  
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The Nobel Prize in physics this year has been awarded to three scientists, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura, for their work in the development of the blue LED. LEDs were first developed in the early 20th Century, and the first practical, commercial LEDs were brought to the market in the 1960s.  However, the earliest LEDs were red or orange.  The development of blue LEDs was crucial to the ability to make “white light” LEDs, which combine blue, green, and red (or sometimes blue and yellow) to create an acceptable light source for general illumination.  The high efficiency of LED light bulbs and LED displays which we enjoy today stems from this research work. As the Nobel committee noted, “As about one fourth of world electricity consumption is used for lighting purposes, the LEDs contribute to saving the Earth’s resources.”  With the increased use of LEDs for lighting, demand for electricity is reduced.  We salute these three as EcoGeeks of the highest order. link: Nobel Foundation Press Release image: CC BY-SA 3.0 by Gussisaurio/Wikimedia Commons

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LIVE STREAM: Watch Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban Receive 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize in Amsterdam

June 13, 2014 by  
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This video © The Hyatt Foundation / Pritzker Architecture Prize . This year we were thrilled to announce that one of our favorite architects, Shigeru Ban , won the 2014 Pritzker Prize –and today, for the first time in history they are livestreaming the awards ceremony! Often referred to as the “Nobel Prize” of architecture, this prestigious honor was awarded to Ban for his experimental and environmentally conscious designs, particularly when applied to disaster-relief situations. Watch the feed above to see Ban receive the award at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. To see more of his work, check out our links below. Innovative Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban Wins the 2014 Pritzker Prize! 10 Incredible Designs by 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban + The Pritzker Architecture Prize Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 Pritzker Prize , Pritzker Prize , pritzker prize awards ceremony , pritzker prize laureate 2014 , pritzker prize live stream , priztker prize winner shigeru ban , Rijksmuseum , shigeru ban , shigeru ban pritzker prize

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Twelve Architects Announced in Competition to Build New Home for the Nobel Prize

March 21, 2013 by  
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Once a year, the whole world looks to the Nobel Center in Stockholm, Sweden to announce the Nobel Prizes . The center recently announced plans to relocate to a new building, and out of 140 architects, 12 have been selected to compete to design the new home of the Nobel Foundation and its related cultural and educational activities. Notable designers include OMA , Herzog & de Meuron , BIG, and David Chipperfield Architects . The majority of the selected applicants were from Europe and Scandinavia, with only SANAA’s Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa chosen from outside the region. Read the rest of Twelve Architects Announced in Competition to Build New Home for the Nobel Prize Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architect , big , David Chipperfield Architects , Herzog & De Meuron , kazuyo sejima , lars heikensten , nobel center , nobel foundation , Nobel Prize , oma , Ryue Nishizawa , SANAA , scandinavia , Stockholm , Sweden

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Inventors of Stronger than Steel Graphene Paper Receive Nobel Prize and Knighthoods

January 2, 2012 by  
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Last year, we published an article about the invention of  super-thin graphene paper that is 10 times stronger than steel and a mere one atom in thickness. Now the two professors behind the groundbreaking research have not only received Nobel Prizes for their work, but also knighthoods in the UK’s New Year Honour’s List . Read the rest of Inventors of Stronger than Steel Graphene Paper Receive Nobel Prize and Knighthoods Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andre Geim Konstantin Novoselov , Andre Geim Konstantin Novoselov 2010 , Andre Geim Konstantin Novoselov graphene , Andre Geim Konstantin Novoselov graphene nobel , Andre Geim Konstantin Novoselov graphene research , Andre Geim Konstantin Novoselov knighthood , Andre Geim Konstantin Novoselov manchester , Andre Geim Konstantin Novoselov nobel , Andre Geim Konstantin Novoselov nobel prize , graphene , graphene nobel , graphene sheets , graphene stronger than steel

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Right Livelihood Award Winners Demand Nuclear Power & Nuclear Weapons Phase Out

March 31, 2011 by  
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As the nuclear power disaster at Japan’s Fukushima power plant continues, with the endgame still out of sight, a further piece of support for the no nuclear side of the debate: A group of fifty awardees of the Right Livelihood Award (often called the Alternative Nobel Prize) and members of the World Future Council have issued a letter demanding a global phase out of nuclear power.

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"Sweet Avenger" on Animal Planet Celebrates Vegan Baker-Superhero

March 31, 2011 by  
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Image: screenshot via vegantreats.com Any vegan who has been to or lives in NYC or Pennsylvania or anywhere else within Danielle Konya’s distribution area probably knows her work: Vegan Treats baked goods. The (amazing) peanut butter bomb is probably her signature treat, but there are plenty of others to choose from. Danielle Konya and her celebrated ..

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Mold May Help Design Future Transportation Routes

January 22, 2010 by  
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The tendril network of a slime mold is a near match to Japan’s railway sytem. Photo via Science/AAAS In 2000, Toshiyuki Nakagaki won a Nobel Prize for demonstrating the ‘problem solving’ ability of mold.

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