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The 2007 Japan Prize has been awarded to Albert Fert, professor at the Paris-Sud University, scientific director at the CNRS/Thales joint physics unit, and winner of the CNRS Gold Medal in 2003. This prize, awarded by the science and technology foundation of Japan, rewards his discovery of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) and his contribution to the development of spin electronics (or spintronics). GMR is at the origin of the high-performance magnetic read heads used in all hard drives today. The prize was also awarded to Peter Grünberg, who with his team in Jülich, Germany, obtained similar experimental results at almost exactly the same time. The 50 million yen prize (E325,000) will be awarded this April in Tokyo, in the presence of their Majesties the Emperor Akihito and the Empress Michiko.

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> 4.3 million molecules were tested as potential medicine against malaria in just 10 weeks, using the European grid Egee–the largest grid infrastructure in the world. This number will be narrowed down to 100 molecules for further biological analysis.


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