Tuesday, 07 Oct, 2008 Science

Dark Matter Hunters Were Among the Candidates for 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics


Among the candidates nominated for 2008 Nobel Prize in physics there were scientists that worked on understanding the dark matter, sought for new planets and activated in the field of nanotechnology. All the nominees were presented on Monday and today the best of the best will receive the much anticipated prize.

According to predictions made by Karin Bojs, who works as a science editor at Stockholm daily Dagens Nyheter, the Nobel Prize this year would go to scientists who worked on discovering new planets in our solar system. She had chosen a few candidates that have more chances of receiving the prize, among them being Aleksander Wolszczan of Poland, Dale Frail of Canada and two scientists from Switzerland Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz.

Other scientists who also deserve appreciation include Vera C. Rubin of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, who worked on dark matter.

In 2007 Albert Fert of France and the German scientist Peter Gruenberg were those who received the award for their giant magnetoresistance. Their discovery made it possible to shrink the size of hard disks in various devices, including computers and iPods.

Nobel Prize awards include a $1.4 million reward, a diploma, as well as an invitation to future ceremonies that are going to take place in Stockholm and Oslo on December 10, the day of Alfred Nobel's death.

Yesterday the Nobel Prize was given away to European scientists who worked in the field of medicine, making discoveries of viruses that lead to AIDS and cervical cancer. In 1983 Francoise Barre-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier of France discovered HIV. The two shared the award with the German scientist Harald zur Hausen, who discovered human papilloma viruses that cause cervical cancer.

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