Scientists who study the remote, rugged continent at the bottom of the world are on edge as funding for research there remains in jeopardy. It hasn't been decided yet if Antarctic operations for the research season will be allowed to continue.
Two Americans and a German will share the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine this year. They won for pioneering work in basic biology — how cells communicate with each other. The research has led to the development of diagnostic tests and could someday lead to new treatments for diseases of the nervous and immune systems.
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013 goes to three scientists for discovering how cells secrete hormones and neurotransmitters. The research provided sweeping insights into how the brain transmits signals, the immune system attacks pathogens and insulin gets into the bloodstream.
The trio was celebrated by the Nobel committee for unlocking a key mystery of cell function. The researchers "have revealed the exquisitely precise control system for the transport and delivery of cellular cargo," the committee says.
Americans James Rothman and Randy Schekman and German-born researcher Thomas Suedhof have won the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine. The Nobel committee cited their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells.
Science, math and engineering are still dominated by men, and few professors in those fields are women. Host Arun Rath talks to Eileen Pollack, who wrote about the bias that may keep women out for The New York Times.
Superstitious gestures like knocking on wood and throwing salt might actually help people avoid what they dread, according to researchers at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Host Scott Simon explains.
Cockroaches, it just so happens, actually resemble humans, forming distinct groups and neighborhoods. Host Scott Simon talks to Mark Stoeckle of Rockefeller University, whose research uncovered this roach behavior.
Reading literary fiction improves people's ability to recognize other people's mental states, while popular fiction and nonfiction do not, a study says. That may be because literary fiction tends to focus on the psychology and inner lives of the characters.
Urban agriculture abounds in Los Angeles county but few people could see the big picture of what was actually happening around them. So university students set out to create a baseline of data in the country's most populous county to help urban planners, regulators and agricultural pioneers make sense of it all.
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