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2008 in Science, Medicine and Space

From a possible cure for Aids to a new discovery of quasiparticles, 2008 brought with it important scientific and medical advances as well as great disappointments such as the unexpected malfunction of the Large Hadron Collider, which postponed the multi ...

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2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced three recipients of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry award for 2008, jointly given to Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie and Roger Y. Tsien “For the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, ...

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One More Meaning of ‘Computer Science’

One More Meaning of ‘Computer Science’

Can software help scientists deal with the extremely large and fast-growing body of research in their own field? Can it locate relevant studies, tools, and knowledge from other fields? This column describes several ongoing efforts to achieve this goal. Putting ...

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The Mysterious Stranger – Part 1

The Mysterious Stranger – Part 1

In 1712, a mysterious stranger stepped into the quiet town of Gera, Germany. The man brought a peculiar machine: a thick wooden wheel, about three feet in diameter, covered in an oiled leather blanket. Through the wrapping emerged a massive ...

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The Other Meaning of ‘Computer Science’

The Other Meaning of ‘Computer Science’

If scientific research programs were movies, computers would always be cast as the sidekick: essential to the plot’s progress, but always serving the main character’s goals and motivations. Created by scientists and engineers, computers labor tirelessly to perform all the ...

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The Wave That Changed Science

The Wave That Changed Science

Over the centuries many sailors described seeing huge ocean waves, monsters of the seas that towered to heights of 30 meters and more. Those Rogue Waves, as they were called, appeared suddenly and rammed into the unfortunate vessel. Scientists tended ...

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When Softness isn’t a Virtue

When Softness isn’t a Virtue

A team of researchers from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) has developed a method to distinguish between metastatic cancer cells and normal cells. The method utilizes an atomic force microscope (AFM) to measure the softness of a ...

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2007 In Science, Medicine and Space

2007 In Science, Medicine and Space

12 months have gone by, and TFOT continues the tradition of presenting its readers with a summary of the passing year’s most remarkable discoveries, innovations, research, and applications in science, medicine, and space exploration. The Mini-Mag Orion interstellar concept (Credit: ...

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2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is awarding the 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Gerhard Ertl, a researcher at the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society in Berlin. Ertl will receive the prize for his studies of chemical processes ...

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NanoArt 2007-2008 Competition

NanoArt 2007-2008 Competition

The NanoArt worldwide contest is an event where art and technology are merged to create artwork based on real chemical and/or physical processes, presented by artists from all over the world. This innovative art discipline is related to nanosculptures – ...

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