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Nobel 2006

  1. Oct 3, 2006 #1
    It's that time of the year again...

    Physiology/Medicine

    http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2006/press.html
     
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  3. Oct 3, 2006 #2
    Pretty cool, quick though.
     
  4. Oct 3, 2006 #3

    robphy

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  5. Oct 3, 2006 #4
    WTG, COBE team!
     
  6. Oct 3, 2006 #5

    Moonbear

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    I agree, rather quick. I see it as too much of the current "hot topic" rather than something that has withstood the test of time to be a Nobel-worthy discovery.
     
  7. Oct 3, 2006 #6

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  8. Oct 3, 2006 #7

    mrjeffy321

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    I am not sure I understand the joke contained within the cartoon, care too explain?
     
  9. Oct 3, 2006 #8

    Chi Meson

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    The cartoon shows the blackbody curve of cosmic radiation, indicating a peak radiation of 160 GHz, corresponding to a background "temperature" of 2.7 K. This is what was predicted back in the 40's and 50's, and this is what was later experimentally verified by the prize winners (someone else can fill in the finer details). It is one of the finest moments of the "scientific method."

    So when people say things like "well that's only a theory" I would like to flash a T-shirt that has this cartoon on it.

    The epithet in the cartoon is a modern use of the word and not directed at females specifically. I've tried to think of a different word that is not so insulting, but I can't think of one that retains the humor: "Science. It works, b****es!"
     
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  10. Oct 3, 2006 #9
    Hurray for anisotropies!
     
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  12. Oct 4, 2006 #11

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  13. Oct 9, 2006 #12
    Wow, this is surely turning out to be an all-American affair...

    Literature and Peace remaining. Any bets on those?

    Btw, I just saw this at XKCD (scroll to the bottom of the page) :biggrin:

    Nobel Prize:

    Two of the guys who did the COBE experiment — the one shown on the back of my t-shirt — won the Nobel Prize for their work. I’ve sent them both free t-shirts. Maybe they’ll wear them to the prize ceremony.
     
  14. Oct 9, 2006 #13

    Moonbear

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    Hmm...I'd think that would be another contender for Physiology and Medicine rather than Chemistry. These seem like odd choices this year.
     
  15. Oct 9, 2006 #14

    Chi Meson

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    Well we can't win 'em all, can we?

    W is more likely to win for literature isn't he?
     
  16. Oct 9, 2006 #15
    Didn't he write a book on nucular proliferation? :rolleyes:
     
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  18. Oct 12, 2006 #17

    siddharth

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    It's been like that for the past few years hasn't it? For example, the chemistry nobels for 2003 and 2004.
     
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    siddharth

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    That's very nice. I think he deserves it.
    I'm sure cyrus agrees as well :wink:
     
  21. Oct 13, 2006 #20

    radou

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    There are writers who deserved it a bit more, perhaps. This is nothing more than a mirror image of the world's motto these days; political correctness <=> everything ok. That's not bad, except I find it somehow irritating from time to time. And he's pretty young, too. They could have postponed it for a couple of years in the future - he'd deserve it for sure - and give the Nobel prize to someone older, who perhaps may not be amongst the living any more in the same few years mentioned. But, who am I to place criticism anyway? :rofl:
     
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