March 12, 2012
F. Sherwood Rowland

F. Sherwood Rowland at USM     Photo: Nur Hussein/Flickr

Nobel Prize-Winning Chemist Dies at 84

Rowland pioneered research on ozone

Nobel Prize-winning scientist F. Sherwood Rowland died from complications of Parkinson's on Saturday at his home in California. The 84-year-old chemist was considered a pioneer of research about the ozone and the effects of chloroflourocarbons. Rowland's first paper on the subject was discounted by other scientists when it was published in the 1970s, but he won a Nobel Prize for chemistry for his work in 1995. The research helped spread recognition of the depleting ozone layer and influenced restrictions on chloroflourocarbons. "(Rowland) showed me that if we believe in the science ... we should speak out when we feel it's important for society to change," said Mario Molina, Rowland's student and a joint Nobel winner.

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Bradley Wiggins at the 2010 Tour of Britian

Bradley Wiggins at the 2010 Tour of Britian     Photo: taimages/Flickr

Wiggins Captures Narrow Paris-Nice Win

Victory sparks talk of TdF challenge

Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins on Sunday sealed an overall victory at the Paris-Nice stage race with an eight-second time-trial win over Dutch rider Lieuwe Westra. Wiggins, a 2004 and 2008 Olympic gold medalist on the track, is only the second British rider to win Paris-Nice. He will now turn his attention to July's Tour de France, where he hopes to challenge defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia. "It's more realistic that I can win the Tour now," he wrote on Monday. "If I'm capable of winning [Paris-Nice], I'm capable of winning the Tour de France."

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Afghanistan mountain village in winter     Photo: peretzp/Flickr

Afghanistan Avalanche Kills 45

Second deadly slide in two weeks

On Monday, a second major avalanche in Afghanistan struck villages near the Pakistan border, killing at least 45 people. Heavy snow blocked roads to the remote mountain community and restricted rescue efforts. "We are not sure how many died and how many survived. There is no rescue team there yet," said provincial spokesman Mohammad Zareen. A March 4 avalanche killed at least 50 people in a separate Afghan province. Unusually high snowfall has created what analysts are calling the country's worst winter in 30 years.

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Skicross course in Grindelwald

Skicross course in Grindelwald     Photo: Raimond Spekking/Wikimedia

Skicross Racer Zoricic Dies in Crash

Canadian went wide off finish-line jump

Canadian skier Nil Zoricic died Saturday morning in a finish-line crash at a World Cup skicross event in Grindelwald, Switzerland. Zoricic, 29, was competing in a qualifying heat in the season's final race when he went wide on the last jump, landing hard on a mesh fence to skier's right of the finish structure. He was later pronounced dead of "severe neurotrauma." A former alpine racer, Zoricic began skicross racing in 2009. He moved with his family from Bosnia-Herzegovina to Ontario, Canada at age five. 

Read more at the Vancouver Sun

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