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Nobel win for crystal discovery

Daniel Shechtman

The Nobel prize for chemistry has gone to a single researcher for his discovery of the structure of quasicrystals. The new structural form was previously thought to be impossible and provoked controversy. Daniel Shechtman, from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, will receive the entire 10m Swedish krona (£940,000) prize. The Nobel prize […]

Ancient world dictionary finished — after 90 years


CHICAGO: It was a monumental project with modest beginnings: a small group of scholars and some index cards. The plan was to explore a long-dead language that would reveal an ancient world of chariots and concubines, royal decrees and diaries — and omens that came from the heavens and sheep livers.The year: 1921. The place: […]

Greeks mobilise to protect endangered seeds


MESOHORI, Greece: The remote valley of Mesohori in northeastern Greece seems an unusual choice for a stand against genetically modified crop conglomerates who are knocking on Europe’s door.Yet thousands of organic farming advocates seeking to bar so-called “Frankenstein” foods from the continent made the journey here to help raise awareness about dangers to seed diversity.The […]

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