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Researcher: More chocolate consumption linked with more Nobel prizes

The more chocolate people in a country eat, the more Nobel prize winners the country produces per capita, according to a note published Thursday in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Flavonoids, antioxidants found in cocoa, green tea, red wine and some fruits, appear “to be effective in slowing…

Astronomers find rare spiral shell of cosmic dust with powerful Chile telescope

Astronomers using a powerful Chile-based telescope on Wednesday released a rare image of a spiral shell of cosmic dust and gas surrounding a red giant star. The discovery marks the first time that scientists have found such a structure and obtained full three-dimensional information about the spiral. Researchers said a…

Study shows that some bacteria produce their own viral bio-weapons

In a paper published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists say that bacteria in the gut can manufacture and use viruses as weapons against other rival bacteria in what the website LiveScience.com calls “intestinal shootouts.” Scientists hope to find a way to use this process…

‘Phone for you’: Nobel winners remember getting the call from Sweden

Some Nobel laureates find out while on a plane, others think it’s a hoax, and some don’t even hear the phone ring. On Tuesday, French physicist Serge Haroche was out walking with his wife when his cell phone rang. He saw the 46 country code on the display and recognised…

China plans to collect Mars samples by 2030

China is planning to collect samples from the surface of Mars by 2030, according to the chief scientist of the country’s lunar orbiter project, state media reported Wednesday. Ouyang Ziyuan said the mission would have three stages — remote sensing, soft-landing and exploration, and return after automatic sampling, Xinhua news…

Fossil reveals complex brains evolved earlier than previously thought

A 520-million-year-old, three-inch (7.6-centimetre) fossil has yielded evidence that complex brains evolved much earlier than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday. The preserved external skeleton of Fuxianhuia protensa, an extinct type of arthropod, is the earliest known fossil to show a complex brain, according to a study published in the journal…

NASA: SpaceX supply capsule successfully reached space station

A capsule on a first privately-run resupply mission successfully linked up Wednesday with the International Space Station, the US space agency NASA said. A robot arm operated by two of the six astronauts aboard the space station snatched the Dragon capsule at 1056 GMT, more than thirty minutes ahead of…

Japan stem cell Nobel laureate to get research boost

Japan’s Nobel prize-winning Shinya Yamanaka will likely get up to 30 billion yen ($383 million) for his stem cell research over the next decade, an official said Wednesday. The Japanese science and technology ministry is looking at giving at least 2.7 billion yen of extra money to support Yamanaka’s work…

American scientists Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka share Nobel Chemistry Prize for cell receptor research

US chemists Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka won the Nobel Prize on Wednesday for identifying a class of cell receptor, yielding vital insights into how the body works at the molecular level. The award is for chemistry but the big beneficiary is medical research, the Nobel committee declared. The pair…

Nobel winner: Quantum research will yield ‘super-computers’

David Wineland, who won the Nobel Prize for work in quantum physics with Serge Haroche of France, said our limited computers will “eventually” give way to super-fast, revolutionary ones. The pair, both 68, were honored for pioneering optical experiments in “measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems,” the Nobel Physics…

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