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Computational chemistry wins 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

It’s always very nice to wake up and see your own professional working field win a Nobel Prize. I am very happy to note that this year’s prize in chemistry has been awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel for their development of “multiscale methods for complex systems”...

October 9, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Dead Zone Judo

If you were to stand at the southwestern-most tip of New York State and pour a glass of milk into the nearest waterway that liquid would eventually flow all the way to New Orleans.

October 9, 2013 — Kristopher Hite
The Smallest and Deadliest Kingslayer in the World

The Smallest and Deadliest Kingslayer in the World

Image of the Week #112 October 8th, 2013: From: The Smallest and Deadliest Kingslayer in the World by Becky Crew at Running Ponies. Source: GondwanaGirl Discovered and named in 2007, Malo kingi, also called the Common Kingslayer, is an extremely venomous, very small sea jelly...

October 8, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
Nobel complexity: How the Nobel prize for the Higgs can mislead

Nobel complexity: How the Nobel prize for the Higgs can mislead

The 2013 Nobel Prize for physics was awarded today to two very deserving individuals – Peter Higgs and Francois Englert. But as is rapidly turning out to be the case, the Nobel Prize – and other prizes for that matter – are finding themselves increasingly out of sync with the way science actually works these [...]..

October 8, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Khalil’s Picks (4 October 2013)

Khalil’s Picks (4 October 2013)

This week on Picks, we’ve got a great selection: the science (or pseudoscience?) of sleep apps, Nobel guinea pigs, “clean eating,” dinosaurs, the computer that smells and so much more… – Sleep Cycle App: Precise, or Placebo?...

October 4, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally
Stem Cells Promise Noah’s Ark of Test-Tube Burger Choices

Stem cells promise Noah’s ark of test-tube burger choices

Envision biting into a warm juicy burger with all the trimmings. If you are a burger fan, your mouth may already be watering. If you are a vegetarian or animal welfare advocate, however, you might be rather disturbed by this imagery...

October 4, 2013 — Paul Knoepfler
Brain Stimulation Can Control Compliance with Social Norms

Brain Stimulation Can Control Compliance with Social Norms

Human beings are utterly dependent on a complex social structure for their survival.  Since all behavior is controlled by the brain, human beings may have evolved specialized neural circuits that are responsible for compliance with society’s rules.  A new study has identified such a region in the human brain, and researchers can increase or decrease [...]..

October 3, 2013 — R. Douglas Fields
In Mars We Trust

In Mars We Trust

As the spaceship slowly approaches Mars its captain is overcome by religious remorse. Though he is the mastermind behind the space station orbiting Earth, and hasn’t had any interest in the Bible before, he is now growing more and more convinced that mankind wasn’t meant to venture forth to other planets...

October 3, 2013 — Thore Bjørnvig
A simple backlighting trick for microscope photography

A simple backlighting trick for microscope photography

[The following is a guest post by entomologist Guilherme Ide Marques dos Santos, of the Museu de Zoologia da USP, Brazil] Scientific photography is an important part of many publications...

October 2, 2013 — Alex Wild
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