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2008-10-07 09:00:09

Recent winners of Nobel Prize for Medicine STOCKHOLM, Oct. 6, 2008 (Xinhua) -- The following are the winners of the Nobel Prize in Medicine since 2000: 2008: Harald zur Hausen (Germany), Francoise Barre-Sinoussi ( France) and Luc Montagnier (France); 2007: Mario Capecchi (the United States), Oliver Smithies (U.S.), and Martin Evans (Britain); 2006: Andrew Z. Fire (U.S.), Craig C. Mello (U.S.); 2005: Barry J. Marshall (Australia), J. Robin Warren (Australia); 2004: Richard...

2008-10-07 00:00:18

Physicist who proved the existence of the Fermi surface and was the first President of Clare Hall, Cambridge Brian Pippard was a distinguished physicist and university teacher, a talented classical pianist, a historian of science and an able administrator. He enjoyed discussion and debate and he had an impressive knowledge and understanding of classical physics, quantum physics and statistical thermodynamics. He was the Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge University from 1971 to...

2008-10-03 06:00:08

By BEN BAILEY THE discovery of a rare plant on the Isle of Rum in the 1940s led scientists to question whether the Ice Age had ever reached the Scottish isles. Now, more than half a century later, it has emerged that the man credited with finding the plant had grown it in his Newcastle garden before replanting it in the Inner Hebrides. Professor John Heslop-Harrison, formerly of Newcastle University, led scientific investigations to the Hebrides in the 1940s. But his "discovery" of...

2008-10-01 15:00:10

PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters today announced the 2008 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates -- researchers likely to be in contention for Nobel honors -- in anticipation of this year's Nobel Prize winners to be announced in October. Each year, data from ISI Web of KnowledgeSM, a Thomson Reuters research solution, is used to quantitatively determine the most influential researchers in the Nobel categories of Physiology or Medicine,...

2008-09-28 00:00:24

A QUITE superb first edition copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales is available today at Morrab Book Fair in Penzance. Considering these are children's books, and probably handled by them, makes this even more impressive. Having 40 tipped-in colour plates by the incomparable Arthur Rackham, it is available at this delightful annual event for pounds450, and is almost 100 years old, as it was published in 1909. The irrepressible Jennings was the brainchild of Anthony Buckeridge, who died recently in...

2008-08-30 09:00:49

Visitors to Biddulph Grange Garden can find out more about its historical geological gallery at a weekend of talks and tours. The gallery, created by James Bateman, once held a varied collection of fossils and geological strata organised into seven bays to reflect the creation story in Genesis. On September 6 and 7 visitors can attend two free talks in the gallery at 12pm on each day, which will last about 30 minutes. On Saturday the theme of the talk will be 'James Bateman and...

2008-08-25 15:00:00

By Manu Kaushik Every year in September and early October, innovators around the world go agog with anticipation. That's when Sweden-based Nobel Foundation announces the winners of the Nobel Prize in six disciplines, comprising physics, chemistry, peace, economics, medicine and literature. In India, though, not many researchers await the announcement with bated breath. Reason: As always, the prize will bypass India as there are no strong contenders in any field. Ever since the prize was...

2008-08-20 03:00:17

By McIntosh, Robert P Ecology Without Nature, Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics. Morton, Timothy. Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2007. An alternative title for this volume could be "Ecology Without Ecology?" and the author asserts that "nature will have to wither away in an ecological state of human society." Morton describes his book as "considering art above all else," but that it is about "an ecology to come." He provides a collection of terms with the Eco prefix:...

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2008-08-17 12:05:00

Officials in Canada announced Friday that they will begin a new search for the two ships of British explorer Sir John Franklin. Franklin's fate, along with that of 128 of his officers and crew of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, have remained locked in the frozen Arctic for over a century and a half. The search efforts are part of Canada's initiative to assert control over the Northwest Passage, and are also driven by concern that melting ice due to warming temperatures may allow others to find...

2008-08-11 18:00:58

By HELEN RAE The management company which oversees healthcare in the region has moved to new premises. Health Reporter HELEN RAE takes a look at the NHS pioneers who the building and its rooms have been named after NHS North of Tyne has moved into its new headquarters at Newcastle Great Park. The management company oversees Newcastle Primary Care Trust (PCT), North Tyneside PCT and Northumberland Care Trust. The building has been named Bevan House in honour of Nye Bevan, the...


Latest Fellows of the Royal Society Reference Libraries

Admiral Sir George Back
2014-01-07 10:58:04

Admiral Sir George Back FRS, born November 6th of 1796 and died on June 23rd of 1878, was a British naval officer, naturalist, artist, and explorer of the Canadian Arctic. He was born in Stockport. When he was a boy, he went to sea as a volunteer in the frigate HMS Arethusa in the year 1808 and participated in the destruction of batteries on the Spanish coast. In the following year he was involved in the fighting in the Bay of Biscay up until he was captured by the French. He remained a...

William Buckland
2013-10-14 14:04:00

William Buckland (March 12, 1784 – August 14, 1856) was an English theologian, ordained Anglican minister, geologist, and the prominent paleontologist of his day. He pioneered the use of fossilized feces, which he named “coprolites,” in the study and reconstruction of ancient ecosystems. Buckland is perhaps best known for naming and describing the very first recognized dinosaur fossil, the Megalosaurus, before the term “dinosaur” ever existed. Buckland was born at Axminster in...

Zoological Journal
2012-04-24 18:24:00

The Zoological Journal was a scientific journal published in the early nineteenth century on a quarterly basis. It was devoted entirely to zoology (animal kingdom). It was published in London by W. Philips. It featured “Original Communications, Translations of new and interesting Papers from Foreign sources and notices of new and remarkable facts in any way connected with Zoology," according to Gentlemen’s Magazine, 1823. The journal’s editors were Thomas Bell, John George Children,...

Iguanodon
2012-01-11 16:16:53

Iguanodon, meaning “Iguana tooth,” is a genus of ornithopod dinosaur known from the Kimmeridgian age of the Late Jurassic Period to the Cenomanian age of the Late Cretaceous Period. It lived in Asia, Europe and North America. Research in the early 2000s suggests however that only one species, I. bernissartensis, is well-substantiated, and lived during the Early Cretaceous Period in Europe. It was first discovered in 1822 and described three years later by English geologist Gideon...

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2013-03-16 00:00:00

Antonio de Ulloa was born on January 12, 1716 in Seville. Ulloa enlisted with the Spanish Navy in 1733. In 1735, he was sent to Ecuador as a member of the French Geodesic Mission. The mission, led by Pierre Bouguer, was organized by the French Academy of Sciences to measure a degree of the meridian at the equator. He stayed in Ecuador for 9 years until 1744, during this stint; he discovered platinum with his partner, Jorge Juan. In 1745, he returned to Spain. However, while enroute to...

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