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Three Share Nobel Chemistry Prize

Nobel Chemistry Prize laureates Richard Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki are shown on a televi

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The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences named American Richard Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki of Japan as its newest Nobel Chemistry Prize laureates. The three worked separately, discovering chemical bonds that give researchers better tools as they search for new medicines and materials, such as plastics. The official honor cites the development of 'palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic systems'.

Some famous past Nobel chemists are Marie Curie (who also won the Nobel Physics Prize) and Linus Pauling (who also won the Nobel Peace Prize).

INSURGENTS AGAIN BURN NATO TANKER TRUCKS

Local residents collect oil from the burning oil depot after gunmen attacked NATO tankers in Quetta

Local residents collect oil from the burning oil depot after gunmen attacked NATO tankers in Quetta on October 6, 2010. BANARAS KHAN/Getty hide caption

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It's the sixth attack on fuel trucks in Pakistan that were driving toward Afghanistan to resupply NATO forces. At least one person is dead. These trucks were headed for a single border crossing that's still open; last week, Pakistan closed a major crossing after three of its border guards were killed in connection with a NATO operation. NATO is investigating the incident.

ATTACKS IN YEMEN KILL ONE

The British Foreign Office says attackers targeted a British Embassy vehicle in the Yemeni capital today. Details are sketchy, but three people were apparently hurt, including one British embassy staffer. In a separate report from San'aa say a gunman killed the French manager of OMV, a European oil and gas company. In April, a suicide bomber killed himself near the car of the British ambassador to Yemen; the diplomat wasn't hurt.

DO VENETIAN GONDOLIERS PREFER CULTURALLY DEFICIENT SONGS?

Some city councilors in Venice allege the boatmen pick music from other parts of Italy over local ballads, so tourists don't ever hear the authentic stuff. Councilor Alberto Mazzonetto explained it to the Telegraph:

They (gondoliers) are ignoring the Venetian identity in a way that is detrimental to tourism. They're offering a distorted image of Venice as a sort of cultural Disneyland which has little to do with local traditions.

He especially despises O Sole Mio and That's Amore, which tourists apparently love. Musicans from southern Italy say their tunes are getting picked on because they're catchy, and add nobody is forcing anybody to sing anything. In fact, tourists pay gondoliers as much as $275 for that relaxing afternoon on the water, listening to memorable tunes of their choice.

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