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 discovery with the potential to leap-frog many of today's technologies won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics today. Many scientists tried to accomplish it, but it was two Russian-born quantum physicists, now working together in Britain, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who achieved what was thought by many to be impossible: the separation of graphene from graphite.
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.
"You have brought many people into this world who can change it," reads one of the congratulatory notes to Professor Robert G Edwards, the British biologist who today won the 2010 Nobel Prize In Physiology or Medicine for his seminal work on in vitro fertilization (IVF). IVF is used to treat infertility, a medical condition which affects more than 10 percent of couples worldwide.
Spaniard Rafael Nadal and American Venus Williams are two of the biggest grunters in professional tennis. Grunting seems to come naturally to tennis players because it acts as a form of tension release when they are physically working hard. But recently published research examined the effects of grunting on the opponents of the grunters in a controlled setting.
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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.