17:00 World
Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to 3 scientists

Three scientists based in the U.S. won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for their work on quantum dots — tiny particles just a few atoms in diameter that can release very bright colored light and whose applications in every day life include electronics and medical imaging, AP reported.

Moungi Bawendi, of MIT; Louis Brus, of Columbia University; and Alexei Ekimov, of Nanocrystals Technology Inc., were honored for their work with the particles that “have unique properties and now spread their light from television screens and LED lamps,” according to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which announced the award in Stockholm.

“They catalyze chemical reactions and their clear light can illuminate tumor tissue for a surgeon,” the academy said.

Quantum dots' electrons have constrained movement, which affects how they absorb and release visible light, allowing for very bright colors.

The dots are nanoparticles that glow blue, red, or green when illuminated or exposed to light. The color they emit depends on the size of the particles. Larger dots shine red, and smaller dots shine blue. The color change is due to how electrons act differently in more or less confined spaces.

While physicists had predicted these color-change properties as early as the 1930s, creating quantum dots of specific controlled sizes was not possible in the lab for another five decades.

In a highly unusual leak, Swedish media reported the names of the winners before the prize was announced.

Ekimov, 78, and Brus, 80, are early pioneers of the technology recognized Wednesday, while Bawendi, 62, is credited with revolutionizing the production of quantum dots “resulting in almost perfect particles. This high quality was necessary for them to be utilized in applications,” the academy said.

16:15 Armenia
Elderly Artsakh woman makes it to Armenia's Goris, dies in her son's arms

90-year-old Artsakh woman reached the Armenian border town of Goris after Azerbaijan’s seizure of her country, hugged her son, whom she had not seen for almost one year, and died in his arms, reporter Siranush Sargsyan said.

“During Azerbaijan’s 9-month starvation siege, 90-year-old Aneshka kept going for one goal: to see her son again. Following Azerbaijan’s invasion, she made it to Goris, Armenia, hugged her son for the first time in nearly a year—and for the last time ever, passing away in his arms,” she wrote on X on Tuesday.

17:00 Armenia
Temperatures to drop in Armenia

Rain and thunderstorms are expected in Armenia’s regions during the weekend and next week.

Fog is possible in some areas, the national weather service reports.

Rainless weather is forecast for October 5.

Southwest winds will be 3-5 meters per second and are likely to reach 17-20 m/s during thunderstorms.

Temperatures are set to gradually drop by 7-10C on October 1-4.

Rain and thunderstorms are forecast for the capital Yerevan in the next few days.

15:35 Armenia
High Fest cancels some events

High Fest International Performing Arts Festival has cancelled some of its events due to the situation following last week’s Azerbaijani attack on Artsakh.

“In light of the current situation, we regret to inform you that we are canceling a part of the High Fest festival events. Cultural exchange and collaboration have always held significant importance for us. Consequently, in partnership with the Avignon Festival, we are preserving the educational program, encompassing public discussions, roundtable sessions, and masterclasses,” it said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We extend our gratitude to our partners, sponsors, guests, participants, and audiences. We firmly believe that art will persist as an enduring source of inspiration and illumination in our lives,” High Fest added.

17:00 Armenia
Showers, thunderstorms expected in Armenia

Showers and thunderstorms are expected in Armenia’s regions during the weekend and early next week.

Fog is possible in some areas, the national weather service reports.

Rainless weather is forecast for September 27-28.

Southeast winds will be 3-4 meters per second and are likely to reach 17-20 m/s during thunderstorms.

No major shifts in temperatures are expected.

Showers and thunderstorms are forecast for the capital Yerevan late on Sunday and Monday.

16:23 Armenia
Doping Space to release statement on Snoop Dogg's Yerevan show

The Doping Space company, that has organized the upcoming Yerevan concert of American rapper and actor Snoop Dogg, will release a statement on the show.

“We want to let you know that Doping Space company will be releasing an announcement regarding the upcoming concert scheduled for September 23. Peace to all,” it said in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

The post came after Azerbaijan’s large-scale offensive against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) on Tuesday and Wednesday, which killed close to 100 people and injured hundreds.

17:10 Armenia
Temperatures to drop in Armenia today

Showers and thunderstorms are expected in some parts of Armenia on Monday and Thursday.

Fog is possible in some areas, the national weather service reports.

Rainless weather is forecast for September 19-20.

South-west winds will be 2-4 meters per second and are likely to reach 17-20 m/s during thunderstorms.

Temperatures are set to drop by 2-3C on Monday, falling by 7-8C in Syunik Province and Artsakh, and are expected to rise again this week.

No rain is forecast in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, in the next few days.

11:45 World
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Jackman split after 27 years of marriage

Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-lee are amicably ending their marriage, PEOPLE reports.

The couple say in a statement exclusively shared with PEOPLE: "We have been blessed to share almost 3 decades together as husband and wife in a wonderful, loving marriage. Our journey now is shifting and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth."

"Our family has been and always will be our highest priority. We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness. We greatly appreciate your understanding in respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition in all of our lives."

The statement, signed “Deb and Hugh Jackman," concludes: "This is the sole statement either of us will make."

The Aussie pair, who share two kids, Oscar, 23, and Ava, 18, have been married for 27 years.

The two wed on April 11, 1996, and over the years became one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples.

On their 27th wedding anniversary in April, the Greatest Showman star posted a loving nod to Deb, 67, and their bond on Instagram, sharing in part, "I love you so much. Together we have created a beautiful family. And life. Your laughter, your spirit, generosity, humor, cheekiness, courage and loyalty is an incredible gift to me."

Their last red carpet appearance was at the Met Gala on May 1, and in July, they attended the men’s finals at Wimbledon.

15:30 Armenia
Armenian director's film wins best script award at Baiqonyr Film Festival

“Equation with Two Variables”, a state-financed short film by filmmaker Lusine Papoyan, has won the Best Screenplay Award at the Baiqonyr International Short Film Festival, the National Cinema Center of Armenia reported on Tuesday.

The film scriptwriter is also Lusine Papoyan. The cast includes Sergey Piloyan and Gurgen Zakaryan. It has been produced by Silhouette Studio.

“While selling goods in the train carriage, Mkhitar notices his peer, Karen, who has his feet on the front seat and his head hanging on the textbook. Silently obeying Mkhitar's remark, Karen lowers his legs and turns his back. Mkhitar, tries various methods to contact the stranger. Karen, with the bag hanging around his neck, shouts in the train carriages and tries to sell Mkhitar's goods, while Mkhitar is deep in his thoughts: is he thinking about the chess problem or life in general?” reads the film synopsis.

12:36 World
Senator Menendez calls for sanctions against Aliyev regime

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, took to the Senate floor on Monday to warn that Azerbaijan's blockade of Artsakh has all the hallmarks of genocide and pledged to hold Azerbaijan accountable.

The senator called on the Biden Administration to enforce Section 907 and stop all security assistance to Azerbaijan. He went on to call for sanctions against the Aliyev regime for war crimes and ethnic cleansing, ANCA reported.

"To the men organizing and carrying out this brutal campaign, we will hold you accountable for your crimes, even if it takes a lifetime – you will pay a price, you will face justice – and I certainly will not rest until you do so,” stated Menendez.

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