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Better Living Through Evolution: Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Better Living Through Evolution: Nobel Prize in Chemistry The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Arnold had transformed science by using the principles of evolution - genetic change and selection - and to evolve new types of proteins very fast. Dr. Arnold and Dr. Smith are both American, while Dr. He concludes, "Very few research breakthroughs are novel ". Nor, in my experience, does a Nobel Prize go to two people you know, on a typica... [Full Article...]

Nobel Prize for chemistry awarded to American, British researchers

In Arnold's experiments, these advantageous traits equate to mutated enzymes that exhibit high levels of efficiency and can replace strong solvents, heavy metals and corrosive acids in the production of pharmaceuticals, plastics and other chemicals. [Full Article...]

Shell agrees to massive Canadian liquified natural gas project

That comes just weeks after Qatar, the world's top LNG exporter, said it would expand its already huge annual output of 77 million tonnes to 110 million tonnes in the coming years. RBC said it estimated Canada LNG's "cost breakeven was around $8 per mmBtu". Two Fort St. John contractors, Surerus Pipeline and Macro Industries, have joint venture projects hired to build segments of the pipeline. [Full Article...]

First woman wins Physics Nobel prize in 55 years

First woman wins Physics Nobel prize in 55 years One half of the prize went to the inventor of optical tweezers , Arthur Ashkin , while Donna Strickland and Gérard Mourou , the scientists who pioneered a method to generate high-intensity laser pulses , shared the other half. Speaking by phone to the academy, a moved Strickland said she was thrilled to receive the Nobel prize that has been the least accessible for women. [Full Article...]

You can order experimental Martian soil at $20/kg

You can order experimental Martian soil at $20/kg The University of Central Florida (UCF) in the USA has a unique product to sell - experimental Martian and asteroid soil. It is reported that obtained in the lab "Martian soil" is already on sale at a price of Dollars 20 per kg Among buyers has to "mark" the Kennedy Space center, which made a large order as much as 500 kg of red soil. [Full Article...]

Huge asteroid to fly past Earth

Huge asteroid to fly past Earth The last time it was close to the Blue planet in 2015, writes the Chronicle.info with reference to Golos.Ua As expected, "the death comet " will approach the Earth in 2018 is November 11th. But it's shape may have changed since then, since asteroids often crash into space debris and other celestial objects. The Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia captured the asteroid in the early morning h... [Full Article...]

Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded for New Weapon Against Cancer

Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded for New Weapon Against Cancer Checkpoint inhibitor drugs work by not allowing the brakes to come on, so the immune system can keep attacking the cancer . The approach to cancer treatment that was honored with this year's Nobel was used for treating former US President Jimmy Carter , who was diagnosed in 2015 with melanoma , which had spread to his brain. [Full Article...]

Canadian scientist Donna Strickland shares Nobel physics prize

Canadian scientist Donna Strickland shares Nobel physics prize The physics prize honors researchers for discoveries in phenomena as enormous as The Big Bang and as tiny as single particles of light. Donna Strickland, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics alongside American and French scientists for their work in laser physics. [Full Article...]

Banned Chemical Pollutant Threatens World's Killer Whale Populations

Banned Chemical Pollutant Threatens World's Killer Whale Populations Overfishing and man-made noise have also contributed to declining numbers. Milton Levin, an assistant research professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science , is part of a research team from a number of global universities and research institutions that documented a rapid decline in the number of killer whales in 10 out of the 19 populations investigated, and concludes ... [Full Article...]

Newly named dinosaur species named largest land animal of its time

Like L. mafube , it was a sauropodomorph, a type of dinosaur which had a small head and long neck , but it was smaller (it weighed about 10 tons) and lived about 210-million years ago. The project also had a strong worldwide component with the collaboration of Professor Roger BJ Benson of Oxford University and Dr Blair McPhee, now living in Brazil. [Full Article...]

Grizzly Decision Fuels Lawmakers To Amend The ESA

Grizzly Decision Fuels Lawmakers To Amend The ESA The court called most of the FWS' justifications for delisting illogical, and ruled that the move was premature, didn't rely on the best available science, and didn't take into account the impact killing grizzlies outside of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks would have on other populations in the lower 48. [Full Article...]

Japan’s Hopping Rovers Capture Amazing Views of Asteroid Ryugu

Japan’s Hopping Rovers Capture Amazing Views of Asteroid Ryugu The next stage will see the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) lander released onto the asteroid's surface. "This is also the first time for autonomous movement and picture capture on an asteroid surface". Here's what it looks like to be standing on a rocky, rugged asteroid, hurtling through space 100 million miles (160 million km) from Earth, as the Sun's light beams and flares around you. [Full Article...]

Fears Grow For ‘Very Lost’ Beluga Whale Still In The Thames

Fears Grow For ‘Very Lost’ Beluga Whale Still In The Thames It says it is ready to provide help to the whale if asked to do so by other agencies. Rescuers are hoping it will swim out of the Thames and back into the sea, rather than heading inland. Whale experts said a beluga may have ended up in the Thames after becoming disorientated and making a navigational error. "We would urge that the whale is given space and disturbance is kept to a minimum", he... [Full Article...]

SpaceX will send to the moon a private Japanese camera

SpaceX will send to the moon a private Japanese camera Under the plan, the Minato Ward, Tokyo-based startup is scheduled to test the technology needed to put the spacecraft into the moon's orbit in mid-2020 and to have it land on the moon in mid-2021. The company is now working on improving its rocket technology, creating boosters that can be re-used up to 100 times, which would drastically reduce the cost of each launch and make space travel more aff... [Full Article...]

Japan's Hayabusa asteroid rovers send back first footage

Later, the Hayabusa-2 "mothership" will touch down on the rock, snag a sample, and then fly back to Earth where it is expected to arrive in late 2020. "I can not find words to express how happy I am", said project manager Yuichi Tsuda when the rovers' safe arrival was confirmed earlier in the week . [Full Article...]

NASA spots silent Opportunity rover on Mars

NASA spots silent Opportunity rover on Mars Based on the longevity of a 2001 global storm, NASA scientists estimate it may be September before the haze has cleared enough for Opportunity to power up and call home. Without access to direct sunlight, all communication between NASA and Opportunity was lost. "The project has been listening for the rover over a broad range of times using the Deep Space Network Radio Science Receiver an... [Full Article...]

Aerospace giants Lockheed and Boeing pick Jeff Bezos' upstart Blue Origin

Aerospace giants Lockheed and Boeing pick Jeff Bezos' upstart Blue Origin An artist's impression of a United Launch Alliance Vulcan rocket taking off under the power of two BE-4 first-stage engines and a set of strap-on solid-fuel boosters. The company has only launched test flights of its suborbital New Shepard rocket, which the company plans to use to fly tourists on short, scenic trips. [Full Article...]

Tracking the interstellar object ‘Oumuamua to its home

Tracking the interstellar object ‘Oumuamua to its home Most importantly, 'Oumuamua wasn't circling the sun like a typical space rock. Now, using the data gathered from a European spacecraft, a team of worldwide scientists has identified four dwarf stars as the home of the interstellar cigar-shaped object. [Full Article...]

The Earth Is Wobbling And Humans Are To Blame

The Earth Is Wobbling And Humans Are To Blame Lastly, convection inside the mantle is responsible for another third of the axial shift. You can see an interactive demonstration of the Earth's wobble on NASA's Polar Motion Simulator. The Earth spins around its axis, and the rotation is what causes our 24-hour day. In a new study , scientists have now revealed the three main reasons behind Earth's odd movement. [Full Article...]

Scientists identify earliest known animal 558 mn years ago

Scientists identify earliest known animal 558 mn years ago The now-extinct animal probably lived in warm shallow seas possibly alongside other squishy Ediacaran critters, National Geographic reports. "The fossil fat molecules that we've found prove that animals were large and abundant 558 million years ago, millions of years earlier than previously thought", said co-author Jochen Brocks, an associate professor at the Australian National University ... [Full Article...]


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