Russia has awarded US$1 million Global Energy Prize to a Russian and a German scientist, the Itar-Tass news agency reported Thursday
The prize was awarded to Russian Zhores Alferov, the 2000 Nobel Prize laureate in physics, and to German Klaus Riedle, the agency said.
The report did not specify what the men had done to win the prize.
The prize criteria are tied loosely to energy-related development, with preference given to work that promotes ecologically clean energy production, boosts energy-conservation mechanisms or makes a breakthrough in research into renewable energy.
Past recipients of the prize include Ian Douglas Smith of the California-based Titan Corp.'s Pulse Sciences Division and Gennady Mesyats of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
On the photo: Zhores Alferov
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building