October 9, 2013 |
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.
June 19, 1992 |
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.
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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.
October 17, 1991 |
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 13, 1999 |
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.
August 27, 2006
Today's favorites Harvard University: Moral Reasoning 22: "Justice" Pomona College: History 11: "Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean" San Francisco State: Marketing 431: "Principles of Marketing" Santa Monica Community College: English 1: "Reading and Composition 1" Stanford University: Psychiatry 235: "Sleep and Dreams" UCLA: English Composition 3: "English Composition, Rhetoric, and Language" University of Texas at...
August 22, 2011 |
Jim Sturgess first met Anne Hathaway at what is known in Hollywood as a chemistry read, an audition to test two actors' shared magnetism. Hathaway had already been cast as Emma Morley, the bookish protagonist of the English love story "One Day," and Sturgess had made it through two rounds of auditions for the part of Dexter Mayhew, Emma's roguish best friend and the object of nearly two decades of her longing. "It's kind of weird to meet for the first time," said Sturgess, who turned up for an early August interview in Beverly Hills with two days' worth of stubble and a garment bag slung over his shoulder.
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October 15, 2013 |
Chemist Malcolm Renfrew never imagined that his work would one day become synonymous with the nonstick frying pan. As a young man in the 1930s he dreamed of acting and joined a traveling tent show. The tent, however, burned down, which sent Renfrew back to studying chemistry and, in 1938, a job researching plastics at DuPont laboratories in New Jersey. When a colleague investigating refrigerants accidentally invented a substance resistant to chemicals and heat, DuPont gave Renfrew and his team the task of figuring out what to do with it. Renfrew, who oversaw the development of that compound - polytetrafluoroethylene resin, later trademarked as Teflon - died of age-related causes at his home in Moscow, Idaho, on Saturday, his 103 r d birthday.
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December 5, 1995 |
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.