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The winners of the 2012 Nobel Prizes are being announced this week in Stockholm. The Local brings you all the latest news, reactions, and details surrounding the winners and why they won.Nobel’s last will and testament: a background (8 Oct 12)
Nobel in medicine goes to stem cell researchers (8 Oct 12)
Wednesday, October 10th: Chemistry PrizeDavid Landes, 12.15.pm
Just had a look at the website of the Lefkowitz lab and was surprised to find sections for “Lab Halloween Party 2010″ as well as a funny video titled “Why we are pursuing careers in science and not performing arts….”. Who says scientists don’t know how to have fun?David Landes, 12.15.pm
So, three down, three to go for this year’s Nobel Prize announcements. I wasn’t able to follow the whole explanation, but I couldn’t help laugh when the Academy member giving the talk paused, grabbed a cup of coffee, took a sip, and sighed.”Ahh, Thanks to these G-proteincoupled receptors I can really enjoy this cup of coffee,” she remarked.I know that’s what I think every time I down a cup o’ java.Rebecca Martin, 12.09pm via TwitterRebecca Martin, 12.07pm via Twitter
“I didn’t go to sleep last night expecting this call.” Lefkowitz live on the phone from the US. #NobelRebecca Martin, 12.05pm via Twitter
Finally a question on the research… and half of the gathered press, including myself, look a bit lost again. #nobelDavid Landes, 11.58am
They now have Lefkowitz on the phone at the press conference. It’s 6am where he is in the US and this is what he said.”I’m feeling very, very excited.”I was fast asleep and the phone rang but I did not hear it. I must share with you that I wear ear plugs.”My wife gave me an elbow and said ‘phone for you’. And there it was. A total shock and surprise.”I’m thinking it’s going to be a very, very hectic day. I was going to get a haircut…but I’m afraid that will probably have to be postponed.”David Landes, 11.46am
The woman explaining the science involved with G-proteincoupled receptors compared them to a telephone operator switchboard.David Landes, 11.46amWINNERS ANNOUNCED: And the prize goes to:
Robert J. Lefkowitz, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA, and Brian K. Kobilka, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA for studies of G-proteincoupled receptors. Congratulations!Oliver Gee, 11.42am
Speaking of chemistry humour…should I tell you a joke about sodium? Na…………………………………David Landes, 11.40am
Hah! Rebecca, you’ve got my sides splitting…just like an atom! Oh wait…I think that might be a physics joke. Darn. Best to leave the humour to the experts.Rebecca Martin, 11.39am via Twitter
I want to apologize about the rubbish chemistry jokes I have been telling…but all the good ones Argon. #nobelDavid Landes, 11.38am
Yikes! Only minutes away…I can feel the anticipation from here at TL HQ. According to the folks at Thomson Reuters Science Watch, quantum dots may take home the prize.Rebecca Martin, 11.35am via Twitter
Again, just like yesterday, the announcement will be read by Prof Staffan Normark, permanent secretary of the RSAS. Oliver Gee, 11.30am
15 minutes until the announcement… time for a fun fact:2011′s winner, Dan Shechtman, is the fourth Israeli to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry Prize in under a decade. He discovered the iconsahedral phase, which opened the new field of quasiperiodic crystals.Oliver Gee, 11.00am
Two of our interns just took to the streets of Stockholm to ask people which of the Nobel prizes was their favourite… and why. Chemistry did not get a mention:Click here to read Stockholmers’ favourite Nobel prizesRebecca Martin, 10.50am via Twitter
On my way to see who gets this year’s Nobel prize for chemistry. Any last minute bets or guesses? Is it difficult or…elementary? #NobelDavid Landes, 10.40am
With an hour or so to go before we know this year’s Nobel Laureate in chemistry, a quick look at what the experts at the ChemBark chemistry blog have to say reveals that research in “Nuclear Hormone Signaling” has the best chance of winning, at 6-1 odds.The question is…what exactly is nuclear hormone signaling?Oliver Gee, 10.20am
While you’re no doubt sitting with bated breath, waiting for the announcement, here is some trivia for you:Frederick Sanger, a British biochemist, is the only one out of the 160 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2011 who has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry twice.Oliver Gee, 10.01am
Wednesday marks the third Nobel Prize announcement for 2012 with the winners for Chemistry being announced later in the morning. Be sure to check in on Twitter with Rebecca Martin who will be at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and giving us the low down as it happens.Tuesday, October 9th: Physics PrizeDavid Landes, 2.40pm
I realize the excitement of today’s announcement may be starting to wear off, but for those of you out there who just can’t get enough (and fancy yourselves scientifically oriented), check out this thrilling read provided by the Royal Academy as “scientific background” on this year’s Nobel in physics:MEASURING AND MANIPULATING INDIVIDUAL QUANTUM SYSTEMSDoesn’t get much more exciting than that, eh?Oliver Gee, 1.10pm
I am back in the office again and catching my breath after a whirlwind morning at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. That’s enough tweeting from me, but we’ll be updating this blog with a few more nuggets this afternoon, and then back in force again tomorrow for the Nobel Chemistry Prize.David Landes, 1.03pm
Have updated our main article about the physics prize with a few additional nuggets from L’Huillier. Check it out here.Rebecca Martin, 12.51pm
Maybe it will soon be clearer – just received word that The Local’s Oliver Gee snagged a chat with Anne L’Huillier from the Nobel panel. Her answers on The Local soon! David Landes, 12.31pm
I don’t know about you, but I’m having a hard time getting my head around the research recognized with this year’s Nobel in physics.Of course, we’re journalists, not scientists. At least we managed to spell the winners’ names correctly. As Rebecca pointed out below, David Wineland’s name gave some journalists a headache or two.Indeed, his co-winner Serge Haroche also had his name misspelled a few times…as Harrosche.Oliver Gee, 12.25pm via TwitterRebecca Martin, 12.22pm
There seems to have been some confusion in the Swedish media as to how to spell Wineland’s family name. Both Vineland and Weinland were spotted before everyone finally got it right. Rebecca Martin, 12.21pm
Did you know that both Wineland and Haroche were born in 1944, although in different parts of the world?Oliver Gee, 12.11am via Twitter
“Tried not to expect too much, and it was a wonderful surprise. There are many people who deserve this award.” Haroche live from Paris.Rebecca Martin, 12.10pm
When Swedish national broadcaster SVT managed to get French winner Haroche on the phone – unfortunately on a rather bad line – he said that he would phone his kids to tell them at once. And then he was going to celebrate with a glass of Champagne. Oliver Gee, 11.54am via Twitter
Now we get the details about the two winners and their research. Deep insights into quantum physics. A lot of confused faces here right now.Oliver Gee, 11.51am via Twitter
… For ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems.Oliver Gee, 11.48am via TwitterWINNERS ANNOUNCED:This year’s prize goes to Serge Haroche and Prof David J WinelandOliver Gee, 11.41am via Twitter
Official announcement to say that the official announcement will occur on time.David Landes, 11.38am
The 2012 Nobel prize winner in Physics will be announced by Professor Staffan Normark, Permanent Secretary at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (RSAS) and 7 minutes have been allotted for questions from the gathered press. Rebecca Martin, 11.29am
Did you know that of the 191 individuals awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics since the start, only two are women; Marie Curie in 1903 and Maria Goeppert-Mayer 1963. Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize twice, once in Physics and once in Chemistry 1911.Oliver Gee, 11.20am via TwitterRebecca Martin, 11.17am
Also, John Bardeen is the only person who has received the Nobel Prize in Physics twice; once in 1956 and then again in 1972. Rebecca Martin, 11.10am
Did you know the very first Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded in 1901, was awarded to Wilhelm Conrad Rntgen? On November 8th, 1895, he produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays.Oliver Gee, 11.06am via TwitterOliver Gee, 10.50am via Twitter
The average age of a #Nobel Physics prize winner is 54. That is, incidentally, the number of minutes until this years winner is announced.Oliver Gee, 10.44am via Twitter
On my train to the the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for the #Nobel physics announcement. Any guesses for the winner?Oliver Gee, 10.05pm
In the lead up to the Nobel Prizes, the list of winners is a closely guarded secret (even the winners dont know in advance) – but that doesnt mean you cant speculate. Many have pointed to the Higgs boson discovery as the surefire favourite to win the physics prize today but with so many people involved in the discovery, and only a maximum of three winners allowed, which name(s) will be announced if this is the case?Ill be there at the announcement, be sure to follow me on Twitter for live tweets, pictures, and maybe an interview or two.Rebecca Martin, 9.44am
Did you know that the average age for all the Physics Laureates between 1901 and 2011 – when awarded the prize – is 54?In fact, the most frequent age bracket for Physics Laureates is 45-49 and only one has been under 30 years when getting the award. Lawrence Bragg, who was awarded the Nobel Prize with his father in 1915, was only 25 years old at the time.David Landes, 9.07am
Good morning again and welcome to day 2 of The Local’s Nobel Prize announcement week.Today we’re getting ready to learn who will receive the prize in physics. The announcement is set to be announced at 11.45am local times at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.Interesting fact (courtesy of www.nobelprize.org), the physics prize was the first one mentioned in Alfred Nobel’s will.Also, so far only two of the 191 Nobel Laureates in physics have been women. Monday, October 8th: Medicine PrizeDavid Landes, 5.47pm
Well, that’s a wrap for today. Feel free to scroll through the blog postings below to get a taste of what went down during day one of Nobel Prize announcement week.And tune back in tomorrow (Tuesday) for more Nobel excitement with the announcement of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physics, scheduled to take place around midday.Rebecca Martin, 5.41pm
The choice of winners this year is certainly going to ruffle some feathers. The choice has already been called “controversial” due to the research still being in its early stages. However, according to the Karolinska Institute, there was a “lack of candidates” for the 2012 year’s prize. David Landes, 5.19pm
In Japan, Shinya Yamanaka, co-winner of the 2012 Nobel in medicine, held a press conference at his university in Kyoto, telling reporters he’d received a congratulatory call from Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda which made him a little nervous.He also stressed that it would be some time before his discoveries would result in practical treatments for patients.”For many illnesses, another five to ten years worth of research is needed,” he said, according to Japanese TV channel NHK.David Landes, 4.53pm
Newly named Nobel Laureate John Gurdon managed came late to the morning meeting at his lab on Monday…apparently a very unusual occurrence. Even though he’d just been told he won the 2012 Nobel Prize, he managed to keep the news a secret from his colleagues until the announcement was made official in Stockholm.”They couldn’t believe their ears,” Tony Kouzarides of the Gurdon Institute told reporters of his colleauges’ reaction, according to Sweden’s TT news agency.Oliver Gee, 2.53pm
Check out this quick video of The Local’s David Landes interviewing Gran Hansson, Secretary General of the Nobel Committee at Karolinska Institutet, following Monday’s announcement:David Landes, 12.23pm via Twitter
#Nobel committee member Jonas Frisen told me 2012 medicine prize discovery is like finding the ‘master keys’ for cell biology. David Landes, 12.20pm via Twitter
Just spoke to Nobel committee head Gran Hansson about 2012 medicine winners’ reactions when he called to tell them the news. Rebecca Martin, 12.05pm
Last year’s Nobel laureates were awarded 10 million kronor ($1.5 million). This year’s winners will get 8 million. In the summer, the Nobel Foundation announced that it would lower the prize money for the first time in over 60 years. The decrease was motivated by the financial crisis and the European recession. Rebecca Martin, 11.58am
That may have been all from Karolinska but we’ll continue to report on the background and the reactions to the award announcement here.David Landes, 11.53am via Twitter
Well, that’s a wrap from the first Nobel Prize announcement of 2012. Stay tuned to @TheLocalSweden for more #Nobel news this weekRebecca Martin, 11.53am
More information on the winnersOliver Gee, 11:45am
Gran K. Hansson, Secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, who announced the winner and is taking questions, explained that he has spoken to the two winners and said they are equally happy and excited about coming to Stockholm.Oliver Gee, 11:32amWINNERS ANNOUNCED The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka for research into stem cells for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripoint.David Landes, 11.23am via Twitter
Journalists have been kicked out of auditorium for a sound check…or maybe they’ve lost the paper with the winner(s) Rebecca Martin, 11.20am
So far – only 10 women have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine, last time was in 2009 when Elizabeth H. Blackburn was given the prize for her discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase. Find the full list of women laureates here.David Landes, 11.14am via Twitter
Auditorium is filling up, but far from overflowing yet…you can feel the anticipation in the room…Rebecca Martin, 11.10am
For a background on the last will and testament of Nobel, make sure to check out this.Oliver Gee, 11:07am
Students take the opportunity to use the Nobel Prize as a platform to protest, holding up banners stating: Research suffers when students are homeless and Student housing a national interest.Rebecca Martin, 11.04am
Did you know that the Nobel Foundation has decreed that a maximum of three people can share most prizes (although the Peace Prize can go to groups)? So, the question is will today’s prize got to one scientist, to two, or to three?David Landes, 10.55am via Twitter
Dagens Nyheter science writer Karin Bojs predicts the Nobel Prize in medicine will be awarded for stem cell research.David Landes, 10.21am
OK…leaving The Local headquarters and heading off to Karolinska. Be sure to keep checking back for updates and live tweets from today’s upcoming announcement.David Landes, 10.01am
In less than two hours, the first 2012 Nobel Prize winner (winners?) will be announced. First up in what will be a week filled with Nobel news will be the prize for Physiology or Medicine, awarded by the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet.Last year, three researchers were awarded the prize for discoveries related to the immune system.This year, some experts are speculating that the prize will go to researchers in Japan for 2007 discoveries related to stem cells.Interested in more background on the Nobel Prizes? Check out this past feature from The Local archives about how the man who invented dynamite became a champion for peace. …
Blueseed is a San Francisco startup corporation that plans to launch a floating city 12 nautical miles off the coast of California. Blueseed will revamp a cruise ship or barge to create the off-shore city. It will sit in international waters and be a metropolis where foreign and American workers can conduct business and theorize new corporations without the pesky need for American work visas.
The sustainable design of the ship will allow for an environmentally-friendly workplace.
Only passports will be needed for businesses to work from the ship. Being situated in international waters means that no taxes will be collected or have to be paid by the corporations involved.
Those living on the ship and working on the mainland will be given temporary or tourist visas through investors, partners and collaborators.
Sitting just across from Silicon Valley, this floating city will allow entrepreneurs to do what they cannot do in the US because of business restrictions.
The ship will showcase all the luxuries of the Elite, including pools, massage parlors, gyms, rock climbing walls and indoor soccer fields as well as trendy food and other aesthetics. Food and supplies will be provided by local merchants and corporations on the West coast.
Employees can use either a ferry or helicopter ride to and from Blueseed to the mainland. With more than 250 corporations wanting to rent space, the cost of a standard cabin is estimated to be $1,600 per month. Start-ups in the US, India, the UK, Australia, Canada and Spain are eager to be part of this endeavor.
Founders of Blueseed are Marty Max, the son of Cuban immigrants, and Dario Mutabdzja are gaining momentum in the corporate world for their idea.
Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal is leading the financial research in supporting this seastead; a self-ruling city on the ocean. Both Max and Mutabdzja have worked for the Seasteading Institute.
Libertarian acitivist, member of the Bilderberg Group and corporate titan, Peter Thiel has contributed $1.25 million to the floating city project. Political influence in the Libertarian party ends with Thiel who was the biggest campaign contributor to Ron Paul, an influential collaborator who was in secret meetings with Rand Paul just before he publicly endorsed Mitt Romney and in a private conference with Ron Paul 3 days prior to his announcement that he was ending his campaign for US President.
Blueseed is a concept for “new sovereign nations built on oil-rig-type platforms anchored in international waters — free from the regulation, laws, and moral suasion of any landlocked country. . . They’d be small city-states at first, although the aim is to have tens of millions of seasteading residents by 2050.”
Other members of the Libretarian movement are in full support of Theil. The fake revolution established by the ideals cry anti-government sentiment for the ignorant masses while also promoting their self-proclaimed rise to power. Just as any political party controlled by the global Elite, Libretarians have escaped comparison to their socialist peers – the Democrats and Republicans.
Theil, heading the offshore gang of nation-states may reflect the invention of a radical movement toward publicly establishing the global Elite as supreme rule. By rewriting political systems with the advent of floating cities, these independent nations could be allowed to “offer people the opportunity to peacefully test new ideas about how to live together.”
The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) could become the most valid international document with regard to seasteading. LOST binds the US to UN tribunals and international mandates, and these international mandates do not have the best interests of the US in mind. LOST could assist seasteading in becoming legitimate as sovereign nation-states.
The International Tribunal of LOST (ITLOS) which has binding authority over all treaty participants under Annex 8. Although there are many tribunals created within the treaty, one of particular interest is the Special Arbitral Tribunal (SAT). This is defined as a 5 person body with majority rule. Each party to a dispute within SAT chooses 2 representative panelists. The fifth panelist, if both parties cannot agree to who it should be, is decided by the UN Secretary General.
Should seasteading become the norm, LOST would be relevant and applicable regardless of its ratification in the US Congress.
Investing in Facebook when it was a burgeoning startup, Theil understands the power behind Blueseed and is not only financially contributing, but also assisting in gaining more funding for the project.
The Seasteading Institute collaborates ideas for potions for governments as the option of floating cities provides new avenues of living and ultimately controlling the population. Offering business opportunities for venture captiol and startups to invest and participate in seasteading extends real estate markets, economies of countries and creates a new level of diplomacy.
Research into engineerings, science and technology would not be constrained by laws and regulations that are imposed on the mainland.
Slated for 2015, the Seasteading Institute expects to have manufactured the first independent city-state guided by international provisions and not responsible to any established country or sovereignty.
Moving the multi-national corporations offshore and into international water alleviates the jurisdiction of these megaliths from all known and established governments. Perhaps replacing sovereign nations would be the corporate-establishment where the floating city could be socially and technologically influenced and directed by the corporate-industrial complex.
Nation states created by Google, Microsoft or Facebook that owed no answer to the US could create such an over-reaching monster that the necessity of established governments could fall to the way side.
Off-shoots of the Seasteading Institute are forming around the world at technological universities to force the American corporation to remain competitive. Focusing on eco-sustainability and making money, the Seasteading Institute want to take advantage of the ocean as an untapped real estate resource.
Living on the ocean may become a reality in “balancing at the edge of uptopia.”
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