Rachel Lynn Aldrich

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Developers of lithium-ion batteries win Nobel

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/09/19, 11:56 am

A German-born engineering professor at the University of Texas became the oldest person ever to win a Nobel Prize at age 97 on Wednesday. John B. Goodenough shares the prize for chemistry with British-American chemistry professor M. Stanley Wittingham, 77, and Japanese scientist Akira Yoshino, 71.

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Power shut off to prevent fires in California

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/09/19, 11:51 am

Residents stocked up on water, food, and gasoline ahead of the largest planned blackout in California history. To keep its equipment from starting wildfires, Pacific Gas and Electric shut off power on Wednesday to nearly 800,000 customers in Northern California as hot, windy weather continued in the region. Schools closed, and residents expected delays on the road caused by nonfunctioning traffic lights. The utility could expand the blackout to Southern California.

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Three scientists win Nobel Prize in physics

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/08/19, 10:54 am

The 113th Nobel Prize in physics honored cosmologist James Peebles of Princeton University on Tuesday for his theories about dark matter and cosmic background radiation. He shares the prize with Swiss scientists Michel Mayor, 77, and Didier Queloz, 53, who discovered the first planet outside our solar system, 51 Pegasi B, in 1995.

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