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April 29, 1991 | T. A. HEPPENHEIMER, Heppenheimer is a free-lance science writer living in Fountain Valley
A molecule in the shape of . . . a soccer ball? "This is the biggest news in chemistry that I could have imagined," says Robert Whetten of UCLA. Richard Smalley of Rice University, discoverer of the molecule, adds that "there's hardly any area of chemistry this doesn't touch. To a chemist it's like Christmas." The cause for the excitement is a new form of carbon. Carbon is among the most versatile elements, the basis of life, the basis for plastics, pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals.
Eager to make amends for the one game that separated them from first place last fall, the confident Dodgers began the season anticipating their first midsummer showdown series. It is finally here. But the series, beginning today, is against the Houston Astros. And the showdown is for last place. The one game has become 11 1/2, their infield has become toxic, their clubhouse has grown tense, their season has turned desperate. "It's like a bad dream," Fred Claire said.
January 9, 2012
Sidney W. Benson Former USC chemistry professor Sidney W. Benson, 93, a chemistry professor who was scientific co-director of USC's Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, died Dec. 30 at his home in Brentwood of complications from a stroke, the university announced. From 1977 to 1989, Benson oversaw the Hydrocarbon Research Institute with fellow chemistry professor George A. Olah, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1994. The privately funded institute was established to conduct research in organic chemistry and physical chemistry labs for use by chemical, petroleum, gas and power industries as well as governmental agencies.
A Swiss chemist and a French physicist were awarded the 1991 Nobel Prizes in their fields Wednesday, the first time since 1971 that Americans have been shut out from the two prestigious awards. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes of the College de France in Paris received the physics award for his studies of the behavior of a wide range of materials, particularly the "liquid crystals" that are commonly used in the displays of calculators and watches. Richard R.
October 9, 2013 | Geoffrey Mohan
USC chemistry professor Arieh Warshel can thank curiosity and weak computers for the Nobel prize in chemistry he won Wednesday. To figure out the blazingly fast chemical ballet performed by the body's proteins, Warshel had to form questions that could easily be handled by the limited power of computers developed in the 1970s. He kept his method simple even as computers - and his field of computational chemistry -  evolved. At 2 a.m. Wednesday, it paid off with a long-distance call from Stockholm and a voice telling him he would share science's top honor with Michael Levitt of Stanford and Martin Karplus of Harvard.
August 27, 2006
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October 13, 1999 | K.C. COLE, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Caltech chemist Ahmed H. Zewail won the Nobel Prize for chemistry Tuesday for finding a way to freeze-frame the private matings of molecules using ultra-fast laser probes, a technique with the potential to revolutionize everything from dentistry to microelectronics.
September 28, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Jacqueline K. Barton, a Caltech chemistry professor who has pushed the boundaries of DNA research, has been awarded the National Medal of Science, becoming the first woman at the Pasadena campus to receive what is considered the U.S. government's highest honor to scientists, officials announced Tuesday. Barton was one of seven recipients of this year's medal, a prize that her husband, Peter Dervan, also a Caltech chemist, won in 2006. Administrators of the prize, which was first awarded in 1962, said they were not aware of any other husband and wife who had both received it. The White House cited Barton for the discovery of a new property of the DNA helix and experiments on long-range electron transfers.
December 5, 1995 | TIM MAY
Mission College chemistry students have begun what they hope will become an annual Christmas tradition: building a "chemist-tree." The tree, which was unveiled Monday night in the college's north atrium, is decorated with test tubes, beakers and flasks filled with green and red liquids. The top of the tree is decorated with a model of atomic orbitals.
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