Friday, October 12, 2012

Science of the Week, 10/12/12


I've been tweeting the Nobel Prize announcements as I see them on the news; one of the prizes is discussed at one of the links below. What do you think of the awards so far? It was no surprise to me that the discovery of the Higgs bosom didn't make it; that discovery is too recent and hasn't been verified properly yet.

In an era where you may have hundreds of scientists working on a project, how do you decide which ones get the Nobel? The award can only be split among three winners. Perhaps the team as a whole should be the winner, not just the lead scientists.

Anyway, here are some of the most interesting news articles I read on Science Blog this week:


MIT Team Builds Most Complex Synthetic Biology Circuit Yet

New Interactive System Detects Touch and Gestures on Any Surface

Extending Einstein's Theory Beyond Light Speed

Dead Stars Could be the Future of Starcraft Navigation

Nobel Update: Prize Goes to Particle Control in a Quantum World

Climate Change Set to Shrink Fish

Super-microbes Engineered to Solve World Environmental Problems

3 comments:

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

I'd be worried those super microbes would then turn on us. That seems like a movie waiting to happen.

Sandra Almazan said...

Microbes are everywhere in our bodies, so they have more of an impact than we realize.

The Golden Eagle said...

Good point about the Higgs boson. And the scientists who did receive the Nobel for Physics have done some impressive things!

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