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The 2006 Nobel prize for physics has been awarded to John Mather and George Smoot for their contribution to the big bang theory of the origin of the universe.
The pair were honoured for "their discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation", the jury said.
According to the big bang theory, the cosmos was formed from a cataclysmic explosion that happened about 13.7 billion years ago. The timescale and geometry are measurable by shockwaves called cosmic microwave background (CMB) that continues to wash over us.
Two researchers, from Stanford University and the University of Massachusetts, won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for their discovery of a way to shut down individual genes in the body, a technique that holds the possibility of new therapies for macular degeneration, HIV, cancer and other diseases.
Andrew Z. Fire, 47, of the Stanford University School of Medicine and Craig C. Mello, 45, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School will share the $1.37-million prize for their discovery of what the Nobel citation called "a fundamental mechanism for controlling the flow of genetic information."
Originally posted by babloyi
Interesting. I was always under the impression that the Nobel Committee didn't choose to award stuff to do with the cosmos or big bang stuff because it was not helpful to humanity. This happened before, or is this the first time that an award has been given to someone in this field?
American Roger Kornberg won the 2006 Nobel prize for chemistry on Wednesday for describing the essential process of gene copying in cells, research that can give insight into illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.
The work of Stanford University's Kornberg, 59, has "a fundamental medical importance", the Swedish Academy of Sciences said as it announced the award, worth 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.37 million).
"If transcription stops, genetic information is no longer transferred into the different parts of the body. Since these are then no longer renewed, the organism dies within a few days," the Academy said.
Originally posted by RedGolem
Well, the first three Nobel prizes have gone to people in the U.S. So would it be a
stupid question to ask if there is a conspircy theory out there as to why?
Originally posted by iqonx
Thats becuase Nobel prizes are not given on the basis of achievment.
The nobel prizes are just a giant popularity contest and nothing more. Who ever has the most buzz around them is the most likely to be nominated and win.
Originally posted by YIAWETA
Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize once. That should pretty much paint the Nobel prize as crap.!
Originally posted by RedGolem
Well, the first three Nobel prizes have gone to people in the U.S. So would it be a stupid question to ask if there is a conspircy theory out there as to why?
Originally posted by Indellkoffer
One of the wealthiest countries in the world, has been world leader for a long time, relatively free exchange of ideas and personnel between US and rest of world as well as exchange of ideas within university system, freedom of collaboration, top-rated educational institutions in the world, and everybody comes here to study (so you go to America to collaborate.)
It would have been more charitable--and certainly a lot easier--just to give the poor woman the money. But instead, Muhammad Yunus lent her $27.
"Charity is not the answer to poverty," Yunus wrote earlier this year. "It only helps poverty to continue. It creates dependency and takes away the individual's initiative to break through the wall of poverty."
The woman and several of her friends used the small loan to start a successful furniture-making business and to escape the bonds of poverty in their rural Bangladeshi village. They repaid the loan in full.