Seems that carbon might be a theme in this week’s Nobel slate, on the science side, so far. It was graphene in the Physics spotlight yesterday, a two dimensional carbon material, and today’s Chemistry announcement features carbon molecules too:
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2010 to Richard F. Heck (University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA), Ei-ichi Negishi (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA) and Akira Suzuki (Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan), “for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis”
It is all about organic chemistry, and in the press release, you can learn more.
On the other hand, the prize for Physiology or Medicine (to Robert G. Edwards “for the development of in vitro fertilization”) is without a particular carbon focus.
Heh. Was that the lamest segue you’ve ever read? (I realized I forgot to mention the medicine/physiology prize earlier in the week).
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