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2009-10-20 04:00:00

STOCKHOLM, October 20 /PRNewswire/ -- YouTube viewers worldwide have the unique opportunity to "Ask a Nobel Laureate" a question on the official Nobel Prize YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/thenobelprize). Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2006, John Mather, an astrophysicist from NASA, is the first Nobel Laureate to participate and he will answer a selection of questions from the online community. Nobelprize.org, the official web site of the Nobel Foundation, manages The...

2009-10-15 12:34:26

NSF funding in basic research yields great payoffs in scientific contributions worldwide The National Science Foundation (NSF) congratulates the 2009 Nobel laureates, particularly those who have received NSF funding over the years: Jack W. Szostak, who shared the prize in physiology or medicine; Thomas A. Steitz, who shared the prize in chemistry; and Elinor Ostrom and Oliver E. Williamson who earned the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in economic sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel 2009. "Through a...

2009-10-10 02:31:00

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- NBA star Doug Christie and his wife, author and designer, Jackie, send their congratulations to President Barack Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize, only the fourth U.S. president ever to receive this high honor. The Christies are proud to honor the president for creating a new positive climate and understanding on his quest for world peace. "We must all, continue to support our Chief of Staff and honor him as he moves us into a great...

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2009-10-09 09:45:00

President Barack Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in an astonishing verdict. Nobel observers were stunned by the unforeseen decision so soon in the president's term, which began a short two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination cut-off date. The Norwegian Nobel Committee applauded the positive shift in global mood brought on by Obama's attempts at peace and collaboration and acknowledged his future goals: ridding the world of nuclear weapons, lessening American...

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2009-10-07 13:35:00

Three scientists were awarded the Nobel chemistry prize Wednesday for their groundbreaking work in mapping the ribosome, which creates protein for human life. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz and Ada E. Yonath would receive the chemistry award for using X-ray crystallography to show what a ribosome looks like and how it functions at the atomic level. Ribosomes are responsible for the creation of proteins: oxygen-transporting...

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2009-10-06 12:40:00

The 2009 Nobel Prize was awarded to three physicists on Tuesday for work on fiber optics and light sensing that helped unleash the Information Technology revolution, AFP reported. The Nobel jury hailed Charles Kao, Willard Boyle and George Smith as "the masters of light" for transforming communications from copper-wire telephony and postal mail to the era of the Internet, email and instant messaging. It said the men created many practical innovations for everyday life and provided new tools...

2009-10-06 08:50:00

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rebecca W. Rimel, President and CEO of The Pew Charitable Trusts, issued the following statement today, congratulating Pew Biomedical Scholar Carol W. Greider, Ph.D., on receiving the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Greider, a professor in the department of molecular biology and genetics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, shares this highest award with Jack W. Szostak of Massachusetts General Hospital and...

2009-10-05 17:41:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement congratulating molecular biologist Elizabeth H. Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco, who today was named to receive the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Dr. Blackburn shares the award with Carol W. Greider of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Jack W. Szostak of Harvard Medical School for their discovery of an enzyme that plays a key role in normal cell function,...

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2009-10-05 12:30:00

An American team of researchers was awarded the Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for their discovery in the process of cellular aging. Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak were chosen to share the award for their role in showing "how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase," the Nobel Assembly said Monday. The team showed how chromosomes can be copied in a complete way during cell divisions and how they can be protected against degradation. "The Nobel...

2009-10-02 15:30:02

The mock Noble Prizes given out at a Massachusetts ceremony included an award for determining why pregnant women don't tip over. The 19th annual Ig Noble Prize ceremony Thursday at Harvard University saw tongue-in-cheek honors given to scientists who studied the ability of pregnant women to remain upright, chemists who used tequila to create diamonds and a Swiss team that investigated whether it is safer to be hit on the head with a full bottle or an empty one, the Los Angeles Times reported...


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virgule
  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
  • A little rod; a twig.
This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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