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The 2010 Nobel Prizes - And the Economics Prahahaha who cares

ButlerButler 89 episodes or bustRegistered User regular
edited October 2010 in Singularity Engine++
The 2010 Nobel Prizes are underway! Winning one of these is pretty cool. Some say that if you bite into the medal, you can actually taste Alfred Nobel's remorse.

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Medicine & Physiology: Awarded to Robert Edwards of the UK, for his work in developing IVF. Edwards developed the technique with Patrick Steptoe, but since he passed away in '88 and the award cannot be made posthumously Edwards gets it aaaall to himself. The Vatican is apparently getting its knickers in a twist over this, because precious [strike]bodily fluids[/strike] embryos are wasted in the IVF process, but scientists have yet to confirm whether anyone in the Vatican wears knickers anyway.

Physics: Awarded to Andre Geim and (the mysterious) Konstantin Novoselov for the discovery of Graphene.

Chemistry: Awarded to Richard F. Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis.

Literature: Awarded to Mario Vargas Llosa for "his cartography of the structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt and defeat."

Peace: Awarded to Liu Xiaobo for "his non-violent struggle for human rights in China".

Economic Sciences: Awarded to Professor Peter Diamond, Professor Dale Mortenson and Christopher Pissarides, for "their analysis in markets with search frictions".

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  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited October 2010
    There should be a nobel prize for sandwiches

    you know like

    give it to the guy who invented I Can't Believe It's Not Butter or the pioneers of the inverted grilled cheese

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  • YaYaYaYa Rick and Morty forever and ever 100 years! a100timesRickandMorty.comRegistered User regular
    edited October 2010
    guys I'm gonna win the peace prize

    I didn't punch anyone this week

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  • ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    I was reading through the list of past winners of the Literature prize and I recognised maybe five of them.

    If you sign up for Dollar Shave Club here I get a free month of tiny metal blades delivered right to my house. Seems legit.
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  • RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Butler wrote: »
    I was reading through the list of past winners of the Literature prize and I recognised maybe five of them.

    That's four more than me, I could just spot Seamus Heaney.

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  • IloveslimesIloveslimes Shoreline, WARegistered User regular
    edited October 2010
    I recognized 20, which isn't too bad since I had one (Japanese) literature class.

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  • BeastehBeasteh THAT WOULD NOT KILL DRACULARegistered User regular
    edited October 2010
    did the guy who invented hammocks get a nobel prize

    because he should

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  • ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    The livestream on nobelprize.org has opened but I can't get it to start. Is the traffic too heavy? I've no idea how many or few people would be hitting the site right now.

    If you sign up for Dollar Shave Club here I get a free month of tiny metal blades delivered right to my house. Seems legit.
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  • L|amaL|ama Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    about half an hour until physics is announced apparently

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  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Beasteh wrote: »
    did the guy who invented hammocks get a nobel prize

    because he should

    The Nobel Prize for Relaxomics.

    Also I think Obama should win for Peace again.

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  • WimbleWimble Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    YaYa wrote: »
    guys I'm gonna win the peace prize

    I didn't punch anyone this week

    aw man I knew I shouldn't have punched that one guy

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  • WimbleWimble Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    quick how do you unpunch someone hurry there's not much time left

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  • ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Invent a depunching machine and you'll scoop the Peace Prize yourself.

    It's not announced until Friday! There's still time!

    If you sign up for Dollar Shave Club here I get a free month of tiny metal blades delivered right to my house. Seems legit.
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  • WimbleWimble Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    okay I've got it. It's a claw that rips away the part of the body you punched

    sure you punched his face but his face isn't there anymore so he should get over it

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  • ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Wimble you'll be using that medal as a coaster in no time.

    If you sign up for Dollar Shave Club here I get a free month of tiny metal blades delivered right to my house. Seems legit.
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  • L|amaL|ama Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Andre Geim, Konstantin Novoselov for discovery of graphene

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  • ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    The winners are... these two dudes! For their work with graphene.

    If you sign up for Dollar Shave Club here I get a free month of tiny metal blades delivered right to my house. Seems legit.
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  • L|amaL|ama Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
  • ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Wimble in a minute I'm going to need to borrow your depunching machine.

    If you sign up for Dollar Shave Club here I get a free month of tiny metal blades delivered right to my house. Seems legit.
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  • WimbleWimble Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    punch his typing hand

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  • L|amaL|ama Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
  • WimbleWimble Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    oh really?

    now we know how he beat you, butler. He is cheating!

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  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited October 2010
    what's graphene

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  • ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    It's what's for dinner

    and by "for dinner" I mean "linked in the OP"
    Spoiler:

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  • WimbleWimble Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    the short version bores me

    I wanna see cool stuff I didn't already know about! I guess that is not what the nobel prizes are about though

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  • Zombies Tossed My Salad!Zombies Tossed My Salad! Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Yes but why should I care

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  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited October 2010
    what's a carbon sheet

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  • ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Oh, the Chemistry Award has been won by Richard F. Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki "for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis".

    This article explains it in a little more detail. It's essentially a toolkit for synthesising complex organic molecules? I think? So yeah, go these guys.

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  • WimbleWimble Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    I could've done that but I didn't want to

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  • ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    The next award is literature. That should be easier to follow. I mean, we all know what a book is, right? I don't need to make the word "book" a hyperlink do I?

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  • M.D.M.D. and then what happens? Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    is that the thing I see on the tv sometimes

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  • thanimationsthanimations Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Butler wrote: »
    The next award is literature. That should be easier to follow. I mean, we all know what a book is, right? I don't need to make the word "book" a hyperlink do I?

    You'll probably have to link to some obscure, European author, though. I hope it's something that actually in print in the US this year so I can get it in my store.

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  • TaskmanTaskman Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Palladium catalysis sounds like it could make life a lot easier. Used to be (and still often is) the case that if you needed an organic molecule you had to get it from an organic source, or put a gene into a bacteria to produce it if it wasn't easy to get hold of. There was a lot of clean up, and often you got it out by smashing open whatever it was in and centrifuging/ dissolving/ preferentially bonding the remains. Making organic molecules from inorganic substrates could potentially be a huge hassle and not exactly energy efficient. If this makes it easier to bond organic molecules from inorganic components, we might see a big jump in organic polymer production (organic plastics). Gonna go read up on this.

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  • KetBraKetBra hiRegistered User regular
    edited October 2010
    The best thing about the Physics one is that it literally involves something called the scotch tape method.

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  • KusuguttaiKusuguttai __BANNED USERS
    edited October 2010
  • BaidolBaidol I will hold him off Escape while you canRegistered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Taskman wrote: »
    Palladium catalysis sounds like it could make life a lot easier. Used to be (and still often is) the case that if you needed an organic molecule you had to get it from an organic source, or put a gene into a bacteria to produce it if it wasn't easy to get hold of. There was a lot of clean up, and often you got it out by smashing open whatever it was in and centrifuging/ dissolving/ preferentially bonding the remains. Making organic molecules from inorganic substrates could potentially be a huge hassle and not exactly energy efficient. If this makes it easier to bond organic molecules from inorganic components, we might see a big jump in organic polymer production (organic plastics). Gonna go read up on this.

    These are well-established reactions that have been known for decades, so I would not expect an explosion of new stuff based on these reactions.

    I wonder why Stille (organostannane compounds) was not selected instead of Negishi (organozinc) or Suzuki (organoborane).

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  • ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    I imagine Stille must be fucking steamed right now.

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  • BaidolBaidol I will hold him off Escape while you canRegistered User regular
    edited October 2010
    I bet its because organostannane compounds stink like peppers and the Nobel committee hates peppers.

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  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    #pipe wrote: »
    what's graphene

    Linked carbon atoms in a thin sheet (like 1 atom thick) that is extremely strong, lightweight, and very conductive. It could revolutionize aerospace materials, vehicles, and replace copper and silicon in electronics.

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  • BaidolBaidol I will hold him off Escape while you canRegistered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Hah, so I'm reading the BBC article on the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and there's a paragraph talking about discodermolide, a compound mentioned in the article Butler linked, which I'm assuming was where the information was lifted directly off of.

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  • sarukunsarukun Gornlord Interplanetary InsanitariumRegistered User regular
    edited October 2010
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