Monday, January 23, 2012

Should Rebiya Kadeer Be Awarded The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize?

Though many had been clamoring for a number of years now that she truly deserve to be a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, but is it high-time for Rebiya Kadeer to be awarded one for her Uyghur human rights campaign?

By: Ringo Bones

Even though three women shared the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize – i.e. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakkol Karman of Yemen – is it high-time yet again for another woman to be deserving of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for her tireless campaign for rights to a people that most people don’t even know about? Although if she wins this year, it could anger yet again the Beijing government like it did when Liu Xiaobo became the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Uyghur rights campaigner Rebiya Kadeer, who used to be an MP in the Beijing “monolithic” communist party has been campaigning for Uyghur cultural self-determination years before the mainstream press got attention back in 2007. Even though some Uyghur majority province in the outlying People’s Republic of China’s “Wild West” had been granted a semblance of autonomy by Beijing, Uyghurs are still denied cultural self-determination because public / state schools in these provinces are still forbidden by Beijing to teach the Uyghur language and alphabet to kids. And poorer Uyghurs who are not paying exorbitant taxes to Beijing are often subjected to persecution. Largely Muslim and quite distinct in appearance and culture in comparison to the Han Chinese majority that ran Beijing’s rather “monolithic” communist party, is it now high time for Uyghurs to get cultural self-determination that they deserve and Rebiya Kadeer be awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize?

Quasicrystals: 2011 International Year of Chemistry’s Nobel Moment?

It might not be the most exciting Nobel Chemistry Prize since Alfred Nobel formulated his will, but is the 2011 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on the discovery of quasicrystals one of the scientific community’s “sleeper” awards?

By: Ringo Bones

The awarding of the 2011 Nobel Chemistry Prize to the 70-year-old Israeli-born professor at Iowa State University and researcher at the United States Department of Energy named Dr. Dan Shechtman who is also a professor of materials at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel might had only received scant attention by the mainstream press. And even ridiculed by some in the scientific community when he began his work on quasicrystals by deriding his work as: “there are no quasicrystals, only quasi-scientists.” is now unanimously hailed as truly deserving of the 2011 Nobel Chemistry Prize due to the unlimited promise that his work could progress on what we currently working at from better rechargeable batteries to ultra-light yet ultra-strong metal alloys from Dr. Shechtman’s years of study on silver-aluminum quasicrystals. But what in the world are quasicrystals anyway?

According to Dr. Shechman’s research, quasicrystals are materials in which atoms were packed together in a well-defined pattern that never repeats. After years of research, quasicrystalline materials are still currently studied and some are already used in a large number of practical applications like making ultra-durable steel for use in fine instrumentation and non-stick insulation for electrical wiring and cooking equipment. Could quasicrystals someday create rechargeable lithium iron phosphate batteries that rival the power-to-weight ratio of the petrol-powered internal combustion engine?