Monday, October 14, 2019





Abiy Ahmed Ali

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali was awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his important work to promote reconciliation, solidarity and social justice. The prize is also meant to recognize all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.


James Peebles
Michel Mayor & Didier Queloz

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos, with one half to James Peebles for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology and the other half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.


William G. Kaelin Jr & Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe & Gregg L. Semenza

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019 was awarded jointly to William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability.


John B. Goodenough & M. Stanley Whittingham & Akira Yoshino

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 was awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino for the development of the lithium-ion battery. This lightweight, rechargeable and powerful battery is now used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles. It can also store significant amounts of energy from solar and wind power, making possible a fossil fuel-free society.


Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo & Michael Kremer

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2019 was awarded jointly to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.


Peter Handke (2019)

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019 was awarded to the Austrian author Peter Handke for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience.

Olga Tokarczuk (2018 - This award was delayed from last year)

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 was awarded to the Polish author Olga Tokarczuk for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.

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Wednesday, October 02, 2019



Microsoft announced a series of upgrades to the Surface computers, which will be available for purchase for this holiday season. See list below.

They also announced two surprising and dramatically new Surface computers that will be available next year, along with a new flavor of Windows 10.


SURFACE LAPTOP 3 – 13.5 or 15” screen; AMD Processor; USB-C; 2019; Starts at $999.

SURFACE PRO 7 – 12.3” screen; USB-C; 2019; Starts at $749.

SURFACE PRO X – 13” screen; swappable solid-state drive; “slim pen”; ARM – MS SQ1 chip; 2019; Starts at $999.

SURFACE NEO – Dual screen; Windows 10X; physical keyboard; “slim pen”; 2020; Starts at $???

SURFACE DUO – Dual screen; Android phone; “Surface”; 2020; Starts at $???

SURFACE EARBUDS – Supports all virtual audio assistants; translates speech in 60 languages; speech to text; 2019; Starts at $249.

WINDOWS 10X – Supports dual screens.

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