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The 2010 Nobel Prize In Chemistry: Palladium As Catalyst For Carbon Coupling

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.

 

 

A Mighty Solar Wind May Power Us Up

Scientists at Washington State University have developed a semi-practical plan to take advantage of the solar wind that blows our way. 

Dog Poop Lights 'Eternal Lamp' For The Park Spark Project

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.

 

 

2010 Ig Nobel Prizes To 10 Strange & Funny Scientific Studies

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.

 


A Backpack For Bears: Granite Gear Nimbus Core

The new Granite Gear Nimbus Core is an innovative backpack that turns the traditional backpack on its ear to accommodate some rather large, bulky cargo.

Hauntingly Beautiful Growing Green Sculptures

Take a look at these hauntingly beautiful growing sculptures by Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy, a talented French artist from New York. She calls them Ça pousse! The name is French for, it's growing.

Roughing Up The Little Guys Helps Solar Power Capture

Stanford researchers have found a way to increase light energy absorption in solar cells – by taking off the kid gloves.

Human Birds Take Flight In The Great White North

Canadians have proven their usefulness once again, with students from the University of Toronto devising the world’s first continuously flying ornithopter.


Tranquil Tummy Crackers Soothe Away Morning Sickness Naturally

There is so little that a pregnant woman can take for her discomforts.  One of the things that has helped a lot of women with morning sickness over the years is snacking on saltine crackers.  To take the relief a step further, Nature’s Options has created a cracker that incorporates ginger root.

As Sand Through The Hourglass, So Are The Seconds Of Our Lights

Designers Jia Wen Chen and Wei-Ting Chen have created the Flat Light, a lightswitch/timer combo that helps you to save energy and gives you a visual cue as to when the lights will go dark.

Conserve Water Or The Fish Gets It

From designer Yan Lu comes the “Poor Little Fish Basin” – a concept sink to help convince consumers to control their water use.

Big Poops May Equal Big Payment

At Iowa State University, chemistry professor Walter Trahanovsky has found an unexpected way to make biomass big business.

5 More Wacky, Unusual Extreme Sports

Five of the oddest, scariest and least recommended activities that you could ever subject life and limb to.

Swimming With Crocs: Exciting Or Insane

Want to stare in the eyes of a hungry, 1,000-lb. reptile as he licks his lips fantasizing about feasting on your doughy body? Croc Cage Diving it is.

Social Networking And Infections Have Core Mechanic In Common

Researchers at the City College of New York (CCNY) have found a way to identify just who is the most likely to spread a disease or generate the most-read status updates in a human network.

Integrated Camping Pump And Camping Mat Makes Camping Comfort Easy

The Aerobed Pakmat combines a camping mat and pump for easy storage, transport and inflation.

Pet Birds Need Personal Grooming Aids Too

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.

 

Badass Bacteria On A Highway To Smell

Newcastle University scientists have determined that bacteria have the ability to smell you coming.

Ice Aquarium Leaves Freshly Caught Sea Creatures (and Visitors) Cold

The Ice Aquarium in northeastern Japan's Miyagi Prefecture offers parka-clad visitors an eye to ice view of over 450 sea creatures, suspended for easy viewing within frozen blocks of polished ice.

From Argon Clothes To Skeleton Sleeping Pads, Klymit Delivers More Innovation

Klymit, a Utah-based company known for its funky, gas-filled clothing line, recently made a splash at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, offering what it's calling the lightest camping mat in the industry. It may look scary, but it is sure to save your back, shoulders and legs.