Dark energy – the next frontier?

by Thabiso Goba Dark energy has dominated the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting with a few playful murmurs of a future Nobel Prize for the next discovery.  About 5% of the universe is made up of known atoms like protons, neutrons, and electrons and the rest of it is an unknown, invisible gas substance that…

Meeting the humans behind the Nobel Prize

It’s 11.25 on a Tuesday morning, and I’m nervous as hell. In just five minutes, I’ll be sitting down for an interview with Prof Bernard Feringa, 2016’s Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry. You might not have heard of him, but you probably know his work: he built the nanocar, back in 2011. What do you…

Nobelprys vir chemie: Een wenner se wortels is in SA

Hy is in 1947 in Pretoria gebore, het in Suid-Afrika grootgeword en hy is met die Nobelprys vir chemie bekroon. Prof. Michael Levitt (66) is nou ’n Amerikaanse, Britse en Israeliese burger en hy deel dié eer met nog twee mans van Joodse afkoms. Hulle is proff. Martin Karplus (83), ’n burger van die VSA…