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2014-04-11 14:53:43

Candidates for a Nobel prize often have to wait more than 20 years to receive this highest of scientific accolades. According to a Correspondence by Santo Fortunato of Aalto University in Finland and colleagues, such nail-biting delays are becoming the norm — to the point that aspiring laureates may themselves have expired by the time the medal is due to be presented. Before 1940, Nobel prizes were awarded more than 20 years after the original discovery for only about 11%, 15% and 24%...

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2013-10-09 08:53:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The days of using ball-and-stick models or dusty chalkboard equations have long been over for chemists. Instead, many scientists use complex computer models powered by state-of-the-art processors to work out today’s chemical equations. In recognition of these high-tech models, the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three researchers behind the creation of these complex computer simulations: Martin Karplus of Harvard and the...

Nobel Prize Higgs Boson Scientists
2013-10-08 11:01:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two scientists behind the theoretical model describing the Higgs boson were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2013, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Tuesday. Many in the scientific community saw the award as recognition of the actual discovery of the so-called ‘God particle’ last year at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The prize is more often awarded to those on the theoretical...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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