The 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three American researchers for their computer simulations of “complex chemical systems” like photosynthesis and combustion. Martin Karplus of Harvard, Michael Levitt of Stanford, and Arieh Warshel of USC will share the prize as well as its $1.2 million payout
The time has come for "Hey, Science," our relentlessly scientific weekly feature in which we have your most provocative and/ or dumb scientific questions answered by real live scientists (or related experts). No question is too smart for us to tackle, quite unfortunately. This week, scientists ponder the question: Are there atoms of Abe Lincoln in my body right now??
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which some refer to as "the Gay Super Bowl of Chemistry," has been awarded to 70-year-old Israeli scientist Daniel Schechtman for his discovery of "quasicrystals." It sounds like something you might buy on QVC, but they are actually metal atoms arranged in such a way as to resemble Islamic mosaics, and they have significantly altered how chemists view solid matter.