What Are the Unwritten Rules of Winning a Nobel Prize?

The Nobel Prizes are the “Oscars of Science,” making waves not only in the scientific community, but the lay community as well. Everyone knows there are unofficial rules to adhere to if you want to win an Oscar. Are there similar rules for the Nobels? We asked a Nobel predictor and one of the “pickers” for a prize,… »10/09/15 4:13pm10/09/15 4:13pm


DNA Repair Earned the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Here's Why

Yesterday the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Tomas Lindahl, Aziz Sancar, and Paul Modrich for their work in mapping out how cells repair damaged DNA. Their research improved our understanding of how our own cells work and helped in the development of cancer treatments, but… »10/08/15 5:06pm10/08/15 5:06pm

This Year the Medicine Nobel Prize Went to a Pair of Parasite Poisons

The 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine just went to three scientists who found parasite-killing chemicals that are now important tools for fighting human diseases. But the chemicals in question weren’t created in a lab: one is produced naturally by a bacterium, the other by a plant used in a traditional… »10/05/15 6:53pm10/05/15 6:53pm

May Britt Moser looks great in her Nobel neuron dress

I love this. May Britt Moser accepted her Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (shared with Edvard Moser and John O'Keefe) in a dress inspired by her work. Designer Matthew Hubble incorporated neurons in a way that was still pretty and not too costume-y. (More info and an interview w/ the designer over at SciAm). »12/11/14 5:33pm12/11/14 5:33pm

The 2014 Nobel Prize for chemistry has been awarded for the development of super-resolution fluoresc

The 2014 Nobel Prize for chemistry has been awarded for the development of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. Also called nanoscopy, the technique allows scientists to visualize pathways of individual molecules inside living cells in real time, including those in the brain. The award goes out to German… »10/08/14 10:00pm10/08/14 10:00pm