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Leading Exoplanet Hunters Awarded Science Prize
2012-02-06 04:00:09

Winners are the astronomers behind La Silla´s world-leading HARPS instrument World-renowned Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz of the Geneva Observatory have been awarded the 2011 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences for their work on exoplanets. The foundation recognized their groundbreaking efforts in developing “new astronomical instruments and experimental techniques that led to the observation of planets outside the solar...

2011-01-15 07:00:00

The price of fighting climate change is even higher than what was estimated in a 2006 study, said British economist Nicholas Stern, who earned an estimated 500,000-dollar Spanish award on Friday for his work. Stern won the BBVA Foundation award for measuring the economic cost of climate change, notably in his 2006 Stern Review which found that economically, it was better to fight climate change than to do nothing about it. His "advanced economic analysis" quantified the impacts of climate...

2010-01-28 11:44:00

MADRID, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2009 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences category goes to physicist and chemist Richard N. Zare, of Stanford University, and physicist Michael E. Fisher, of the University of Maryland, for their independent, fundamental contributions to describing the world at molecular level. "One has unraveled secrets of nature's building blocks and the underlying interactions between them by enabling us to view what happens at the...

2010-01-26 12:20:00

MADRID, Spain, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Information and Communication Technologies category goes in this second edition to engineer and mathematician Thomas Kailath (Pune, India, 1935), as author of a mathematical development enabling the production of increasingly small size chips. Kailath has invented methods to pattern integrated circuits with components finer even than the lightwaves used in their production, a bit like drawing...

2010-01-19 14:08:00

MADRID, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Climate Change category goes in this second edition to German physicist and mathematician Klaus Hasselmann (Hamburg, 1931) for "developing methods which established that recent global warming trends are primarily attributable to human activities." Hasselmann "has crucially advanced the frontiers of scientific and public understanding of climate change," concludes the jury in its citation. The BBVA...

2009-04-21 15:34:28

IRB Barcelona and the BBVA Foundation bring together world authorities in post-genomics in a new Barcelona BioMed Conference The human genome complete sequencing project in 2003 revealed the enormous instruction manual necessary to define a human being. However, there are still many unanswered questions. There are few indications on where the functional elements are found in this manual. To explain how we develop, scientists will have to decode the entire network of biological complexes that...

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