2 US Researchers Win Nobel for Work on Genes

US duo win physics Nobel for backing up Big Bang

Stanford professor wins Nobel chemistry prize

I dont think  Economics Nobel will go anywhere outside USA.  USA rocks with intellect and innovation.

Oh yeah, India is the “knowledge super power” 😉

On reading the news headlines “FASTEST SUPER COMPUTER TO BE BUILT”. Before reading further if  you don’t guess  who is building it and where… you are probably living in Mars.

Yes, its by IBM at a US govt lab.


IBM is at it again, trying to build the world’s most powerful supercomputer at a US government laboratory that could potentially be up to 4 times as fast as IBM’s very own BlueGene/L. The new machine has been codenamed Roadrunner, and this computer will follow a hybrid design that uses both conventional supercomputer processors as well as the new Cell chip design. It is hoped that the Roadrunner will hit petaflop speeds, maxing out at 1.6 thousand trillion calculations per second. In comparison, the BlueGene/L is only capable of a trillion calculations per second. The Roadrunner has a projected completion date of 2008 and will take up approximately 12,000 square feet of floor space

Steve Irwin is special.  He is too daring to be true sometimes (such as this pic).

We are sure going to miss him and  it’s truly sad that he died after getting stung by a sting ray. (getting killed by sting ray is a very low probablity event) 

Pete Sampras was the greatest player of his generation, but he admits he might not have been without a genuine rival.

“Andre made me a better player,” said Sampras after beating Agassi in the 2002 US Open final, the last match of his career. “Borg and McEnroe needed each other. I needed Andre. He was the only guy who forced me to add things to my game.”

Agassi summed up their rivalry thus: “We’re opposite in everything we do. We’re two styles going against each other. Every point, something special seems like it can happen. There’s been nothing in my career that compares to playing against Pete.”

[From BBC] 

‘I won’t have anything to do with the Nobel Prize… it’s a pain in the… I don’t like honours. I appreciate it, and I know there’s a lot of physicists who use my work, I don’t need anything else, I don’t think there’s any sense to anything else. I don’t think that it makes any point that someone in the Swedish Academy decides that this work is noble enough to receive a prize – I’ve already got the prize. The prize is the pleasure of finding the thing out, the kick in the discovery, the observation that other people use it (my work) – those are the real things, the honours are unreal to me. I don’t believe in honours, it bothers me, honours bother, honours is epaulettes, honours is uniforms. My papa bought me up this way.’

                                           — Richard Feynman

There has been lot of talk about what makes a good wife.

 Its summed up nicely here

Here’s a little classic  MORGAN STANLEY Advertisement

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