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Pioneers of lithium-ion battery win 2019 Nobel Chemistry Prize

Oct 09, 2019 - 6:02 PM

(UPDATED) 'Lithium batteries have revolutionized our lives since they first entered the market in 1991,' the jury says, adding they are 'of the greatest benefit to humankind'

NOBEL PRIZE. A screen displays the portraits of the laureates of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (L-R) John Goodenough of US, Britain's Stanley Whittingham and Japan's Akira Yoshino during a press conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Photo by Naina Helen Jama/TT News Agency/AFP

Behold, an emotional meter based on the air we breathe

Nov 04, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Scientists have been sniffing the trail of the science behind the smell of human emotions

Trio wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry for research harnessing evolution

Oct 03, 2018 - 6:18 PM

(UPDATED) American scientists Frances Arnold and George Smith and British researcher Gregory Winter win the Nobel Chemistry Prize

NOBEL LAUREATES. Screen displays portraits of Frances H Arnold and George P Smith, both of the US, and Gregory P Winter of Great Britain during the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemestry at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on October 3, 2018 in Stockholm. Photo by Jonas Ekstromer/ TT News Agency/AFP

Blank page for Nobel Literature Prize in 2018 awards season

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Without the Literature Prize, this year's other high-profile Nobel is the Peace Prize, to be announced in Oslo on Friday, October 5

2017 top science stories: Space 'visitors', smartphone addiction, and your pet dog

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

What are the biggest stories, discoveries and ideas in science this 2017? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months.

Trio takes chemistry Nobel for 'cool' method to study molecules

Oct 04, 2017 - 6:19 PM

(UPDATED) Scientists Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson win the Nobel Chemistry Prize for the development of cryo-electron microscopy

2017 CHEMISTRY LAUREATES. A screen displays portraits of winners of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on October 4, 2017 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden (L-R) Jacques Dubochet from Switzerland, Joachim Frank from the US and Richard Henderson from Britain. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Nobel 2017 season opens with medicine prize

Oct 02, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Like every year, speculation is rife about the possible winners, given the number of worthy laureates in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry, literature, peace and economics

In this file photo, a portrait of Swedish inventor and scholar Alfred Nobel can be seen on the speaker's desk at the Nobel Forum in Stockholm, prior to the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Medicine on October 3, 2016. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Addressing water pollution using tahong shells

Apr 30, 2017 - 11:30 PM

A group of Filipino researchers use UV light and mussel tahong shells to speed up the decomposition of water pollutants

MUSSELS. A man presents the first catch of mussels of the year from the Oosterschelde in Yerseke, Netherlands on July 8, 2015. Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/ANP/AFP

Call for Nominations: Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies awards

Mar 01, 2017 - 7:49 PM

Call for nominees for the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies Shimadzu and Unilab Awards 2017

2016 top science stories: Spacetime ripples, feathered dinos, a 'fairy' in space

Dec 20, 2016 - 12:00 PM

What are the biggest discoveries and ideas in science this year? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months

Periodic table expands with elements named after Japan, Moscow, Tennessee

Dec 01, 2016 - 6:16 PM

With the latest discoveries the periodic table is now complete down to the seventh row

NEW ELEMENTS. The 4 new elements on an updated periodic table of elements. Image adapted from

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Oct 05, 2016 - 11:48 PM

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Trio awarded 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on molecular machines

Oct 05, 2016 - 5:45 PM

UPDATED Jean Pierre Sauvage Sir J Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L Feringa are awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on molecular machines

NEW LAUREATES. Sauvage, Fraser, and Feringa. Illustrations by Niklas Elmehed / Courtesy Nobel Foundation

New elements or rechargeable batteries for Nobel Chemistry Prize?

Oct 05, 2016 - 11:01 AM

The chemistry prize is the third Nobel to be announced this week

Nobel medicine prize opens 2016 awards season

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:26 PM

As always predicting the names of the winners is a game of chance especially given the number of people worthy of the honors

This picture taken on December 10, 2010 shows the front of the Nobel medal awarded to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2010, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo. Berit Roald/Scanpix/AFP

Egypt bids farewell to Nobel prize-winning chemist

Aug 07, 2016 - 11:20 PM

Ahmed Zewail is laid to rest after being given military honors in Cairo

epa05461282 Egyptians carrying the coffin of Chemistry Nobel Prize laureate of 1999, Egyptian - US professor Ahmed Zewail during funeral in 6 October grave near Cairo 07 August 2016.Ahmed Zewail died in the US, aged 70. He won the Nobel Chemistry prize in 1999 for his study of chemical reaction in extremely short timescales, also known as Femtochemistry, to be the first Arab scientist to win the Nobel Prize EPA/HAZEM ABDEL HAMID EGYPT OUT

Groundbreaking discovery of organic molecule in space

Jun 15, 2016 - 9:06 AM

The recently discovered interstellar molecule is the most complex ever discovered outside our solar system and the first chiral molecule detected in interstellar space

Image credits: B. Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF from data provided by N.E. Kassim, Naval Research Laboratory, Sloan Digital Sky Survey

Periodic table's newest elements are named

Jun 09, 2016 - 10:58 AM

The proposed names suggested by their discoverers reflect the origins of the new elements

Science says: What is this thing called love?

Feb 11, 2016 - 3:17 PM

What exactly is romantic love? Researchers are increasingly interested in this question and the answer is not at all clear

DEFINING LOVE. Research finds that romantic love is likely to be a universal human emotion. Photo from Shutterstock

#PugadBaboy: Mad Mountain Nectar 35

Jan 16, 2016 - 5:00 AM

New elements added to periodic table

Jan 04, 2016 - 10:46 PM

One of the 4 new elements – Element 113 – will be the first on the table to be discovered and named by Asian scientists

Study says fat should be the 6th taste

Jul 30, 2015 - 3:13 PM

New evidence reveals fatty acids evoke a unique sensation satisfying another element of the criteria for what constitutes a basic taste

What's on your wristwatch: The rise of PVD coating

Jun 28, 2015 - 2:30 PM

Meet the substance that makes your wristwatch tougher

Band-Aids, XNAs, a comet landing: 2014's top science stories

Dec 21, 2014 - 11:55 AM

What are the most interesting and groundbreaking discoveries and stories in science from the past year? We ask the Mind Movers of The Mind Museum

Mind Movers Top Ten Science Stories of 2014

Super-microscope earns trio Nobel chemistry prize

Oct 08, 2014 - 5:53 PM

UPDATED Two Americans and a German on Wednesday October 8 won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for laying the foundations of an ultra powerful microscope capable of studying tissue down to the molecular level

2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awardees (L-R) Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell, and William Moerner. Betzig photo courtesy HHMI; Hell photo by Swen Pfoertner/EPA; Moerner photo courtesy Moerner Lab/Stanford University

Nobel season opens with Snowden, chili research spicing up predictions

Oct 06, 2014 - 11:49 AM

While the Nobel week begins with three science prizes most of the speculation surround the coveted peace prize to be announced Friday October 10

This picture taken on December 10, 2010 shows the front of the Nobel medal awarded to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2010, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo. Berit Roald/Scanpix/AFP

Research breakthrough could help detect HGH

Mar 13, 2014 - 3:41 AM

A research breakthrough using the insulin like growth factor IGF 1 as a biomarker could produce a better test for human growth hormone

NO HOPE IN DOPE.Human Growth Hormone, like the type cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to using to win 7 Tour De France titles, may become easier to detect with new science. Photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA

From your cells to Mars: 2013's top science stories

Dec 24, 2013 - 11:45 AM

With countless discoveries and stories what were the most interesting and groundbreaking? We ask the Mind Movers of The Mind Museum

Off-court bonding does Globalport some good

Dec 07, 2013 - 9:00 PM

With 8 new faces to open the season team chemistry is an issue GlobalPort s players is trying to address

TEAM. With 8 new faces in the squad, GlobalPort is in another adjustment period. Photo by Mon Rubio/The Benchwarmers

[Science Solitaire] Nobel Laureates in Science 2013

Dec 06, 2013 - 8:34 AM

Passion and dedication to the deeper understanding of nature makes a life in science no less emotional than any other field – and this is what the Nobel Prize recognizes

Beware of bad advice

Nov 06, 2013 - 11:17 PM

Life is mostly about trial and error Some advice may work for you while others may lead you to sticky situations

Trio win Nobel for taking chemistry to cyberspace

Oct 09, 2013 - 6:11 PM

Three molecular chemists won the Nobel Prize for devising computer simulations that are used to understand and predict chemical processes

CHEMISTRY AWARDEES. (L-R) Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel. Images courtesy of the Nobel Prize

'God Particle' in focus as Nobel season kicks off

Oct 07, 2013 - 10:25 AM

The breadth of the field of candidates exemplifies how the Nobel Prize recognizes both intellectual struggle with the fundamental riddles of nature

This picture taken on December 10, 2010 shows the front of the Nobel medal awarded to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2010, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo. AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX - Berit Roald

Science wRap: Warm Earth, wet Mars, 'Bad' chemistry

Sep 28, 2013 - 7:54 PM

In this week s Science wRap: Big climate and Mars news deadly giant hornets and fake but based on real life meth making

[Science Solitaire] The Ig Nobels: Wacky, silly science

Sep 27, 2013 - 7:45 AM

Thanks to the Ig Nobel we know that bizarre silly and funny are also valid adjectives that nudge science both literally and figuratively

[Science Solitaire] Aliens encounter the Nobel Prizes 2012

Dec 13, 2012 - 3:39 PM

The reason that the aliens and I should avoid Congress and the Senate is because my blood pressure rises when I think about what goes on in those spaces