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The 63rd Annual Lindau Meeting: The Spark for the Next Generation of Innovative Thinking

Thirty-five Nobel laureates and 625 young researchers from 78 countries will meet at Germany's Lindau Island on Lake Constance from June 30-July 5 to share the latest ideas on the cutting edge of chemistry

  • June 27, 2013

Behind the Greatest Experiments: Basic Research

Insight must precede application . — Max Planck, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1918One summer day a young Martin Chalfie walked out of a lab after a particularly frustrating experiment.

June 20, 2013 — Kathleen Raven

"Hey, you are good why are you not a physicist?"

Nobel Laureate Steven Chu with young researcher Bettina Keller. Photo by Kathleen Raven On the last day of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, the prize winners, young researchers and journalists mingled together on a boat ride to Mainau Island.

July 12, 2013 — Kathleen Raven

Chemistry and physics: one needs the other

“Quantum theory has opened to us the microscopic world of particles, atoms and photons,” explained Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche, who shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in physics with David Wineland.

July 1, 2013 — Kathleen Raven

Imaging the near invisible with TEM: a master class

Though nanometer-level imaging has come far with transmission electron microscopy, Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman (Nobel Prize 2011, Chemistry) warned his master class audience on Tuesday that today’s images will seem primitive a few years in the future.

July 3, 2013 — Kathleen Raven

Ada Yonath and the Female Question

Nobel Laureate Ada Yonath waits on the left wing of the stage before giving her lecture on July 3. Photo by Kathleen Raven Just minutes after Ada Yonath learned of her shared Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on the ribosome in October 2009, she answered another phone call.

July 11, 2013 — Kathleen Raven

Cataloguing the Impact of Lindau Meetings

Prestigious achievements like the Nobel Prize create powerful networks. Within these networks, scientists share ideas, researchers collaborate with resources and writers cover stories.

June 26, 2013 — Kathleen Raven

Lindau 2013: Videos with a personality, flow and message

After learning about the Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau through an online science video collection, Edson Filho will now be behind the camera making films himself as a video blogger at this year’s meeting.

June 21, 2013 — Kathleen Raven

Lindau 2013: The quiet American

Brian Kobilka (Image: Wikipedia Commons) In conversation Brian Kobilka is shy, self-effacing, modest and mild-mannered. In his work he is a tour de force of science who has chipped away at an unyielding problem for more than twenty years until it gave way and got him the Nobel Prize.Kobilka and his fellow prizewinner Robert Lefkowitz were honored for their work on G-Protein Coupled Receptors, Kobilka more specifically for determining the crystal structures of several crucial forms of the proteins using x-ray crystallography.

July 8, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Lindau 2013: Avram Hershko's lessons for doing good science

Avram Hershko Avram Hershko – an amiable, mild-mannered Israeli biochemist – shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his co-discovery of the body’s protein waste disposal system along with Aaron Ciechanover and Irwin Rose.

July 4, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Lindau 2013: Chemistry and diversity

This blog post originates from the Lindau Nobel Online Community,the interactive forum of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. The 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, dedicated to chemistry, will be held in Lindau, Germany, from 30 June to 5 July 2013.

June 20, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Energy storage, rare metals and the next ice age

Four Nobel Laureates discussed a wide range of energy storage and conversion problems and possible solutions on Wednesday. Photo by Kathleen Raven The holy grail of energy storage may lie in chemical bonds, but a process for making this happen remains unknown.

July 4, 2013 — Kathleen Raven

Lindau 2013: The GPCR symphony

The beta-adrenergic receptor (red) bound to G-proteins (Image: RCSB PDB and Wikipedia Commons) This blog post originates from the Lindau Nobel Online Community,the interactive forum of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

July 2, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Lindau 2013: A receding horizon, now within reach

This blog post originates from the Lindau Nobel Online Community,the interactive forum of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. The 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, dedicated to chemistry, will be held in Lindau, Germany, from 30 June to 5 July 2013.

July 2, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Lindau 2013: Unity and diversity

This blog post originates from the Lindau Nobel Online Community,the interactive forum of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. The 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, dedicated to chemistry, will be held in Lindau, Germany, from 30 June to 5 July 2013.

June 21, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

The 60th Annual Lindau Meeting: Nobelists Inspire the Next Generation of Scientists

The interdisciplinary meeting gathered 61 Nobel laureates in physiology or medicine, physics and chemistry, along with 650 young researchers from 70 countries at Germany's Lindau Island in Lake Constance from June 27 to July 2. Laureates presented recent research results, reflected on their careers and floated new ideas during lectures and discussions between the two generations

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Cracks in the Periodic Table

Cracks in the Periodic Table

The discovery of element 117 filled the last remaining gap in the periodic table as we know it. But even as it is being completed, the table may be losing its power

June 1, 2013 — Eric Scerri
The Elements Revealed: An Interactive Periodic Table

The Elements Revealed: An Interactive Periodic Table

Whether gas, liquid or solid; radioactive or stable; reactive or inert; toxic or in your vitamin pill, the 118 building blocks each has its own chemically idiosyncratic characteristics--and certain commonalities. See what makes your favorite element unique on this interactive periodic table

June 18, 2013 — Davide Castelvecchi

Nobel Laureate Harry Kroto: The Threatened Enlightenment

Nobel laureate Harry Kroto, who shared the 1996 chemistry prize, talks with Scientific American Executive Editor Fred Guterl at the recent Lindau Nobel Laureates meeting, about the role of science in society

July 25, 2013 — Steve Mirsky