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October 10, 1996 | K.C. COLE, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Six researchers from the United States and Britain were awarded Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry Wednesday for discovering unexpected phenomena that defied known laws of nature. The physics prize--for finding a unique form of helium that can flow uphill--went to Stanford University's Douglas D. Osheroff and Cornell University colleagues David M. Lee and Robert C. Richardson.
October 7, 2004 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
A UC Irvine researcher and two Israeli scientists Wednesday were awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their discovery of the cellular system that, like a miniature Mafia don, gives the "kiss of death" to proteins marked for destruction.
Birds do it. Beetles do it. Even crocodiles and starfish-eating shrimp do it. So why can't Zsa Zsa, Liz and Mickey Rooney do it? Vasopressin and oxytocin. Since biologists first discovered a chemical basis for life, researchers have been looking for chemical explanations for behavior as well. And, often, they found them. For example, a surge in serotonin--a brain chemical linked to violence--can make you happy all day; a serious shortage and you want to blow up the world.
March 25, 1991 | HARRY NELSON, Nelson is a retired Times medical writer
LSD, the mind-blowing chemical banned during the 1960s as a dangerous drug, may enjoy a revival of scientific interest from researchers searching for a tool to probe the mysteries of brain chemistry. Recent advances made in understanding chemicals that relay nerve impulses in the brain, known as neurotransmitters, and the action of drugs on these chemicals have set the stage for a new look at LSD as a study tool. "There is a place for LSD in (such studies).
March 12, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
F. Sherwood Rowland, the UC Irvine chemistry professor who warned the world that man-made chemicals could erode the ozone layer, has died. He was 84. Rowland, known as Sherry, died Saturday at his home in Corona del Mar of complications from Parkinson's disease, the university announced. In 1995, Rowland was one of three people awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work explaining how chlorofluorocarbons, ubiquitous substances once used in an array of products from spray deodorant to industrial solvents, could destroy the ozone layer, the protective atmospheric blanket that screens out many of the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays.
November 30, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Among the most interested spectators at the Clippers' matinee loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday was a man in a dark pin-striped suit and red tie sitting a row behind the home team's bench. If he hadn't twisted an ankle three weeks ago, center Chris Kaman would have been in the game rather than in the stands. And although the team is 2-8 in his absence, Kaman says it's clear guard Eric Gordon and rookie forward Blake Griffin have forged a unique relationship. And it's a chemistry the All-Star doesn't want to interrupt by coming back too early.
Two scientists at UC Santa Barbara were among six worldwide awarded Nobel prizes in chemistry and physics Tuesday for work that ushered in today's Information Age. Physics professor Alan Heeger won for devising the electrically conducting plastics that could revolutionize computing. And engineering professor Herbert Kroemer received his award for developing the laser technology used in CD players and other consumer goods.
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.
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.
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.
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