The 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, its seminal work by Richard F. Heck and its variations by Ei-ichi Negisi and Akira Suzuki, has been awarded for the discovery of palladium as a catalyst in forming carbon bonds. This discovery has already impacted many areas of science, from medicine to agriculture to electronics. Like the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded yesterday, the chemistry award acknowledges advancements in carbon enhancement.
Instead of trying to identifying the culprits of that poop on the grass, dog poop is actually a welcome sight to the residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who are happily participating in the Park Spark Project. The objective of the project is to turn dog poop into methane gas and use it for energy. A relatively small amount of dog poop is already lighting one of the city's lamps - an eternal light from the power of dog poop.
Read this, if you want to die laughing...
Celebrating its 20th anniversary of Ig Nobel Awards on September 30 at Harvard University, Improbable Research granted 10 Ig Awards to some of the most hilarious scientific studies you will ever hear about. They are laughable, but then they make you think, which is the main objective of the Ig Nobels. So, laugh and then think as you read about these winning discoveries.
Canadians have proven their usefulness once again, with students from the University of Toronto devising the world’s first continuously flying ornithopter.
Birds in the wild can groom their nails, or claws, on the rough branches of trees. They can bathe in the rain, the ocean, bay, or brook. But what about pet birds? They also have a natural need to groom themselves.
Newcastle University scientists have determined that bacteria have the ability to smell you coming.