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Gravitational waves detected from two neutron stars colliding – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 17th, 2017.

For the first time, scientists have measured the violent death spiral of two dense neutron stars via gravitational waves. This new discovery from the LIGO-Virgo collaboration comes weeks after the detection of gravitational waves won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. The August 17 (US time) event was detected by about 70 ground- and space-based observatories, marking the first […]

Higgs Boson theory earns Nobel for Physics

John Kerr posted in on October 9th, 2013.

The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to the theorists who predicted the Higgs Boson particle 50 years before it was actually confirmed to exist. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was today awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding […]

Nobel Prize for Physics – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on October 10th, 2012.

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Serge Haroche and David J. Winelan. The Laureates independently invented and developed ground-breaking methods for measuring and manipulating individual particles while preserving their quantum-mechanical nature, in ways that were previously thought unattainable. The official Nobel announcement and background on the award winning research can be […]

Nobel Prize for Chemistry – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on October 6th, 2011.

Israeli physicist Daniel Shechtman was last night awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry for his discovery of “quasicrystals” in metals – crystals with strange structures scientists had thought to be impossible. The UK SMC rounded up  reaction from scientists: Dr Andrew Goodwin, Department of Chemistry at Oxford University, comments: “Daniel Shechtman’s award of the 2011 […]

Stuff/Dom Post: Nobel winner’s medal to inspire new researchers

Peter Griffin posted in on July 22nd, 2010.

Tom Hunt writes for the Dominion Post about the gift by Gayl Gentile of her husband Alan MacDiarmid’s nobel prize medal to VUW. The gift was made at the opening yesterday of the new Alan MacDiarmid Building, which will be used by science students. An excerpt: (read in full here) “The medal would sit in […]

Australian wins Nobel Prize

Peter Griffin posted in on October 5th, 2009.

Hobart-born scientist, Dr Elizabeth Blackburn is one of three scientists to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2009. Professor Blackburn gained her BSc from the University of Melbourne and is now the Morris Herztein Professor of Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San […]

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Einstein, Darwin, Newton and…Rutherford

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 9th, 2008.

100 years ago — on 10 Dec 1908 — New Zealand’s most preeminent scientist, Ernest Rutherford, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. According to the official wording, the prize was awarded, “for his investigations into the disintegration of the elements, and the chemistry of radioactive substances”. But the legacy of Rutherford’s groundbreaking work is much […]

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