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Science in Siberia

WEEKLY OF THE SIBERIAN BRANCH OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES (SB RAS)
 
N 4 (2290) January 2001
NEWS
 
 
THE SB RAS SCIENTIFIC EVENTS IN FEBRUARY
 
 
WHAT DOES IT HAPPEN IN THE NUCLEUS OF A CELL?
 
Geneticists of the world occupied themselves with searches of the answers to this global problem during the whole 20th century. The contribution to this search has been introduced by three investigators of the Institute of Cytology and Genetics of the SB RAS: Corresponding Member I.Zhimulev, Doctors Sc. E.Beliaeva and V.Semeshin. On the eve of New Year they have become the winners of such prestigious award in the field of life sciences as the N.K.Koltsov Prize.
 
FOR THE SOLUTION OF THE PROBLEMS OF ECOLOGY
 
A group of specialists of the Institute of Petroleum Chemistry of the SB RAS in cooperation with the Siberian Chemical Industrial Complex (SCIC) and the PC "TomskNeft" ("TomskOil") has succeeded in solution of a number of ecological problems. Science has offered ideas simple for realization. One of these consists in utilizing of fluorine production wastes sof the Siberian Chemical Industrial Complex for petroleum production.
 
HALF A CENTURY IN SCIENCE
 
January 27, 2001 chief scientific researcher of the Institute of Permafrost of the SB RAS Doctor Sc. (Geology and Mineralogy), Honored Worker of Science of Russian Federation and Republic Saha (Yakutia) Nina Petrovna ANISIMOVA has been 80.
 
HE ALWAYS SEARCHES FOR NEW PROBLEMS
 
Doctor Sc. Georgy Nevinski belongs to a number of those investigators who will still long determine the face of physicochemical biology not only at the Novosibirsk Academgorodok, but also in Russia as a whole. So Academician Dmitri Knorre holds.
 
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHES
 
Discussions on the subject of "Can a machine think?" have already long ago come off the pages of newspapers and magazines. Sceptics have got tired to wait, when the promises of enthusiasts will come true. And the enthusiasts without superfluous talks, walking slowly keep on moving towards a horizon, behind which they hope to see an artificial congener on intellect. The fact that the motion occurs in the necessary direction may be confirmed by many examples.
 
TOWARDS THE "NORTHERN SPHINX" RIDDLES
 
In 2001 the researches in the permafrost field in Yakutia are 60. About the mysterious "Northern Sphinx", the permafrost, people of this place knew long ago, in 19th century. Tendency to delve into secrets of permafrost was roused by development of science and technology.
 
LAST DEFENSES OF 2000
 
Last days of December at the State Public Scientific and Technical Library of the SB RAS the defenses of five candidate theses have been held. And there are twenty four ones defended here since 1996.
 
TELETESTING-2001
 
The Testing Center of the Moscow State University "Humanitarian Technologies" works through the programs of introduction of unified examinations, the results of which could be used both for passing-out school examinations and for high school entrance examinations.
 
THE BRITISHERS HAVE SAID "YES!" TO CLONING OF A MAN
 
Great Britain has become the first country of the world that has legalized cloning of human embryos.
 
FOLLOWING IN AESCULAPIUSS FOOTSTEPS
 
Gene modification of intellect. A role of pessimism and optimism in preservation of mental health.
 
VACANCIES
 
 
THE "SIBACADEMBANK" INFORMING
 
 
THE SB RAS SWIMMING-POOL INVITING
 
 
YOUNG MOUNTAIN-SKIERS OF ACADEMGORODOK PROCEED WITH SUCCESSFUL STARTS!
 
 
 
IN MEMORY OF COLLEAGUE
 
Valentina Ivanovna Bogdanova (1927-2001).
 
Condolence