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    Molecules for making nanomachines snare chemistry Nobel

    Motors too small to see with the eye may soon have the power to drive innovations in chemistry, biology and computing. Three creators of such nanoscopic machines were honored October 5 with the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

    Sharing the prize of 8 million Swedish kronor (about $930,000) equally are Jean-Pierre Sauvage, J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa. “If you had to choose three people...

    10/05/2016 - 15:47 Chemistry
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    Minuscule machines earn trio 2016 chemistry Nobel

    The world’s most minuscule machines operate on the molecular level and have won their creators the 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry. The prize is shared between Jean-Pierre Sauvage of the University of Strasbourg in France, J. Fraser Stoddart of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and Bernard Feringa of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

    Sauvage and colleagues first...

    10/05/2016 - 06:52 Chemistry
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    Nobel awarded for using math of shapes to explain exotic matter

    Bagels and pretzels have a lot in common with the physics of certain materials: The snacks illustrated the mathematics behind theoretical descriptions of exotic states of matter, work which won the 2016 Nobel Prize in physics on October 4. David Thouless of the University of Washington in Seattle, J. Michael Kosterlitz of Brown University and Duncan Haldane of Princeton University received the...

    10/04/2016 - 14:46 Condensed Matter, Physics, Materials
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    Trio wins physics Nobel for math underlying exotic states of matter

    The 2016 Nobel Prize in physics is awarded for discoveries of exotic states of matter known as topological phases that can help explain phenomena such as superconductivity.

    The prize is shared among three researchers: David J. Thouless, of the University of Washington in Seattle, F. Duncan M. Haldane of Princeton University and J. Michael Kosterlitz of Brown University. The Royal Swedish...

    10/04/2016 - 07:10 Physics
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    Deciphering cell’s recycling machinery earns Nobel

    Figuring out the nuts and bolts of the cell’s recycling machinery has earned the 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi of the Tokyo Institute of Technology has received the prize for his work on autophagy, a method for breaking down and recycling large pieces of cellular junk, such as clusters of damaged proteins or worn-out organelles.

    Keeping this...

    10/03/2016 - 14:45 Health, Cells, Microbiology
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    Japanese scientist wins Nobel for revealing secrets of cellular recycling

    The discovery of the molecular mechanisms behind “self eating” or autophagy — a process cells use to break down and recycle parts that are no longer needed — has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Yoshinori Ohsumi of Tokyo Institute of Technology won the prize for his pioneering work on the topic.

    Autophagy gone wrong can lead to diseases like cancer, diabetes...

    10/03/2016 - 06:46 Biomedicine