Five questions to a Nobel Laureate: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

  How much sleep do you need and does it affect your work? I usually go to bed about 10pm or so. I wake up between 6am and 7am. I can’t function very well without a good night’s sleep.   Are you addicted to something? Science cannot be the answer I’m addicted to surfing news articles on the internet. That’s a very bad addiction, because most of the things I read are not very lasting. If I hadn’t read them,... Read more


“Magical Glasses” – Finding Mutations in Real Time

The human body is constantly attacked by bacteria and viruses, this is also true for animals and plants. And this “selective pressure” was probably part of life on Earth from the start. As a result, the human body has developed many effective defence lines, divided into the categories of innate and adaptive immunity. Bruce Beutler has received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for finding an important receptor that helps trigger the innate immune response: the toll-like receptor... Read more


Daily Recap, Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Video of the day: Today’s video of the day is the lecture of Jack Szostak who talked about “The Origins of Cellular Life“.     This is not the only video from today! You are more than welcome to browse through our mediatheque for more. Blog post of the day: The importance of venturing beyond is shown in our blog post of the day “Of Polymaths and Multidisciplinarians“. Enjoy reading this interesting Long read.     Do take a look at even... Read more


Do Gambel’s Quail Experience Grief?

Morning and evening, our yard is full of Gambel’s quail, known in scientific circles as Callipepla gambelii. We keep our bird feeders full, luring the ubiquitous house finch, sparrows of several species, the gray and red Pyrrhuloxia and our favorite, the Northern cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis. As the perching birds quarrel over the best seats on the feeder, seed often spills to the ground, drawing the ground-feeding quail. In the spring, quail parents escort their young to the feeders, showing them... Read more


The Best is yet to come

Eric Betzig and his friend Harald Hess have invented a whole new research branch: living room physics. Both met years earlier at Bell Laboratories, and they developed their ideas about super-resolution microscopy while hiking in several National Parks. Hess had been able to take his equipment from Bell with him, so they set up their first super-resolution microscope according to their ideas in Hess’ living room – what would become the first PALM microscope. Next they wrote a patent, then... Read more


Five questions to a Nobel Laureate: Dan Shechtman

  How much sleep do you need and does it affect your work? On a normal day, I go to sleep at about 11pm and wake up at about 5.45am. When I’m travelling, I don’t have jet lag. I just sleep when I can.   Are you addicted to something? Science cannot be the answer Many things. I’m addicted to aesthetics. I like arts: Be it music or paintings. I’m an old-style lover, and I don’t understand modern art. I’m addicted... Read more


The Courage to Venture Beyond: Of Polymaths and Multidisciplinarians

Correspondence to: Jalees Rehman Department of Medicine and Department of Pharmacology University of Illinois at Chicago Email: jalees.rehman[at]gmail[dot]com   Goethe’s symmetric colour wheel with associated symbolic qualities (1809): – Public Domain Image   “Focus! Focus! Focus! Create a narrow area of scientific expertise in which you excel and develop a national or international reputation for excellence!” Established scientists often share this sort of advice with their younger peers who are about to embark on their academic career. It isn’t a... Read more


Daily Recap, Monday, 29 June 2015

Video of the day: Yesterday’s video of the day is Stefan Hell’s lecture on “Optical Microscopy: the Resolution Revolution“.     This is not the only video from today! You are more than welcome to browse through our mediatheque for more.   Blog post of the day: The blog post of the day is Martin Chalfie’s comment “On Multidisciplinarity”     Do take a look at even more exciting blog posts. Picture of the day: Here’s out picture of the day from yesterday’s International... Read more


Martin Chalfie on Multidisciplinarity

Martin Chalfie’s profile in the mediatheque   Forced Multidisciplinarity by Martin Chalfie   Should scientists be deep or broad in their training and their science? As with everything else, they should pick what they feel most comfortable with, and having a mix of approaches is probably best. I feel I benefited from having a broad education, but I am not sure that that is the best approach for everyone. The best training I received in college did not come only... Read more


G’day from down under

Posted by Louis Wang in Lindau Blog

Hello Lindau, Australia says G’day!   There are 13 Young Scientists who form the Australian contingent at this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. We are a happy bunch of people from very different backgrounds, united by a common love of science and life, and eternally grateful to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Council, Science Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF, Australia) and the Australian Academy of Science for selecting us and sponsoring this opportunity of a lifetime. At last year’s 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate... Read more


Daily Recap, Sunday, 28 June 2015

65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting: Daily Recap, Sunday, 28 June 2015 Over the course of the next five days, you’ll receive a daily recap. The idea behind it is to bring to you the day’s highlights in a blink of an eye. The daily recaps will feature blog posts, photos and videos from the mediatheque.Yesterday, the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting started in grand fashion with the festive opening ceremony featuring the entrance of the laureates, German Federal president Joachim Gauck and... Read more


William Moerner on Multidisciplinarity

Profile of William E. Moerner at the mediatheque   Thoughts on Multidisciplinarity by William E. Moerner   Starting at an early age, I could not decide which area of science and math was more interesting to me.  Although I started out in college at Washington University in St. Louis as an electrical engineering major (due to receiving an engineering fellowship), I enjoyed the physics and math courses so much that I ended up with three degrees: EE, physics and math! ... Read more


Morsels For The Mind – 26/06/2015

Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur &... Read more


Top 9 Scientist Activists in History

Last week Pope Francis released his encyclical on climate change. In it he writes, “[climate change] represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.” What followed was a media storm after Rick Santorum rebuffed the Pope, saying he should “leave science to the scientists”. Other media sources shot back that he was a scientist, having received a Master’s degree in Chemistry. Confusion ensued until it emerged the Pope has a technical degree in Chemistry and not a... Read more


Interdisciplinarity – More than a Buzzword

This year’s Interdisciplinary Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will bring together a selection of outstanding minds from multiple generations, 3 scientific disciplines, and nearly 90 different countries. Nobel Laureates and young scientists from all around the world in the fields of chemistry, physics, and physiology & medicine will listen to lectures on some of science’s greatest discoveries and participate in discussions about some of the world’s toughest challenges. When the meetings first began after the end of World War II, a... Read more