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Shimomura Won the Nobel In Chemistry Because

  1. Oct 8, 2008 #1

    GCT

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    I'm really really sick of seeing all these biologists win the nobel prize in chemistry.
     
  4. Oct 8, 2008 #3

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    The previous year it was surface , that was some what of a reassurance. But hey , you are going to win a prize if you have a lab in the basement of your own home , and by lab I'm not referring to a meth lab. I'm referring to a state of the art - making your own GFP - lab.

    Biochemistry is highly funded afterall , many inorganic chemists go for biochemistry.
     
  5. Oct 8, 2008 #4
    I think he deserved it. :approve:
     
  6. Oct 8, 2008 #5
    The secret is not to make your home into a lab but your lab into your home. That way you never have to pay rent.

    Good on him though.
     
  7. Oct 8, 2008 #6
    Don't forget the physicists who win it, too.
     
  8. Oct 9, 2008 #7

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    Jealous? Life is based on chemistry, so naturally you will find that a (bio)chemical discovery will impact research in biology greatly.
     
  9. Oct 10, 2008 #8

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    ...he doesn't work at a car dealership?
    Full story here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95545761

    So AIG's Martin Sullivan, Lehman's Richard Fuld and Fannie's Frank Raines all retire into multi-million dollar hammocks while Doug Prasher drives a courtesy shuttle and lives on a pittance.
     
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  10. Oct 10, 2008 #9

    GCT

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    What do they mean by out of date ... the field is no longer valuable or that his resume is out of date?

    I would not be surprised to find many other stories like this , I've heard of people who have graduated from Harvard working menial jobs as well as other people with great credentials that are not able to obtain a job due to the tendencies of industry to either outsource their jobs or to seek a candidate who .... well .... pursue the interests of the company then adhere to the standards of scientific research and progress. Because the progress of science and the progress of a company are not always the same things.

    A life in science does not always lead to , even decent , financial success.
     
  11. Oct 10, 2008 #10

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    A chemistry lab in one’s own home! There is no other possible reason for this besides illicit drug or firework manufacture.
    [/End cynical sarcasm]

    Sadly there is an unpleasant truth behind GCT’s joke about the meth lab; there is often an inherent suspicion surrounding individuals with home chemistry labs, be they amateur or professional.
     
  12. Oct 10, 2008 #11

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    Shimomura's lab is built for both biology and chemistry , he probably has high tech equipment for both types of projects ... some for cutting up jellyfish and others for isolating and analyzing the protein. Also , his lab probably gets audited not to mention all of those forms and protocols for waste management.
     
  13. Oct 10, 2008 #12
    Does anyone know how much it cost to have their very own Lab in the House?
     
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