Oct 7, 2008 | 2
Earlier this month, a free repository at Cornell University for technical papers that has become a wire service of sorts for physicists, mathematicians and other disciplines, named ArXiv, marked a major milestone as the number of papers collected there reached the half-million mark. ArXiv serves as the main forum for scientists in many fields to present and discuss the latest findings before their pre-publication papers are accepted by a journal.
An example: Grigori Perelman, who devised a proof for the Poincaré conjecture, a 100-year-old problem in mathematics, never submitted his solution to any academic journal. In 2002, he posted the first of a series of papers that contained a proof for the topology problem on ArXiv. Science magazine later named the work “breakthrough of the year” and Perelman was awarded the Fields Medal, the highest award in mathematics, which the quirky Russian refused.
Oct 7, 2008 | 1
Three men who study broken symmetry -- the phenomenon that "conceals nature’s order under an apparently jumbled surface," according to the Nobel Foundation -- have won the Nobel Prize in Physics: High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Tsukuba, Japan; and Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
Oct 1, 2008 | 3
It's Nobel time again, the holiday season of nerds and geeky gamblers. With the prize committee scheduled to announce this year's winners beginning Oct. 6, European Web sites are already taking bets, and a leading information-service provider is out today with its annual predictions.
Thomson Reuters names 15 scientists and six economists as the likely winners, based on how often their published works are cited in journals. This is the seventh straight year the company has offered its picks for the coveted prize; since then, it's been right less than one-fifth of the time, correctly predicting five of the 28 winners since 2002. (Thomson Reuters periodically identified likely winners as far back as 1965, correctly naming seven prior to starting its annual predictions in 2002.)
Sep 23, 2008 | 2
Two of the newly minted MacArthur award winners — recipients of the so-called "genius grant" — are scientists whose work, we might note, has been touted in the pages of Scientific American. The winners each receive a cool $500,000.
Johns Hopkins University astronomer Adam Reiss, 38, studies the geometry of the universe, which has taught him, among other things, about "the repulsive side of gravity," he explained in a magazine piece for us four years ago.
Marin Soljacic, 34, is an MIT optical physicist who showed that power can be transmitted wirelessly, raising the prospect of computers that could one day re-charge by receiving energy from a magnetic field.
Deadline: Dec 11 2013
Reward: $52,000 USD
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