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Trio wins Nobel for key chemical tool

STOCKHOLM – An American and two Japanese scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for finding new ways to bond carbon atoms together, methods now widely used to make medicines and in agriculture and electronics. Richard Heck, Ei-ichi ...

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Russian scientists win 2010 physics Nobel

Two Russian-born scientists shared the 2010 Nobel Prize for physics for showing how carbon just one atom thick behaved, a breakthrough with implications for areas from quantum physics to consumer electronics. Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, both with the University ...

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Nobel for father of test tube baby

Oct. 4: British test tube baby pioneer, Prof. Robert G. Edwards, was on Monday awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. His pioneering work led to the birth of the world’s first test-tube baby Louise Brown in Britain in ...

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UN experts: Israel flotilla raid broke international law

GENEVA: A report by three UN-appointed human rights experts Wednesday said that Israeli forces violated international law when they raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla killing nine activists earlier this year. The UN Human Rights Council’s fact-finding mission concluded that Israel’s ...

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Israeli police storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

JERUSALEM: An Israeli security guard killed a Palestinian in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem on Wednesday, triggering clashes between police and rioters, including in the compound of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israeli police stormed the holy site to stop Palestinians from ...

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Manmohan Singh gets World Statesman Award

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been honoured with the 2010 World Statesman Award by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, an interfaith coalition which promotes mutual understanding, tolerance and peace. India’s ambassador to the US, Meera Shankar, accepted the ...

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Kalam to be honoured by Canadian university

Toronto – A top Canadian university will confer an honorary doctorate degree on former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam next week. The University of Waterloo, in the city of BlackBerry, will host the renowned space scientist and honour him with ...

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India third most powerful nation: US report

WASHINGTON: India is listed as the third most powerful country in the world after the US and China and the fourth most powerful bloc after the US, China and the European Union in a new official US report. The new ...

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Earthquake rocks Pakistan

Islamabad – A powerful earthquake measuring 6.3 on Richter scale rocked many parts of Pakistan early on Friday, meteorological officials said. The tremor jolted Islamabad, central Punjab province, north-western Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and northern ...

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UN scientists say ozone layer depletion has stopped

GENEVA – The protective ozone layer in the earth’s upper atmosphere has stopped thinning and should largely be restored by mid century thanks to a ban on harmful chemicals, UN scientists said on Thursday. The “Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion ...

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