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Kathleen Raven is a freelance science writer based in Atlanta. She studied at the University of Georgia and has two degrees in journalism (M.A.) and Ecology (M.S.). She completed a science writing internship at Nature Medicine in New York City last year. She contributes articles to Reuters Health and tweets at @sci2mrow. She is interested in biochemistry-related topics, but covers the gamut of science subjects. She is at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting for the first time.

An Interview With A Young Researcher: Bettina Keller

Friday, July 12, 2013

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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. During this two-hour ride, I witnessed a conversation take place between young researcher Bettina Keller and Nobel Laureate Steven Chu (Nobel Prize in Physics, 1997). The brief conversation covered […]

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Ada Yonath and the Female Question

Thursday, July 11, 2013

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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. This time Adam Smith, editor-in-chief of the Nobel Prize Foundation, spoke crisply on the other line, asking her questions for a short, recorded phone interview, per tradition. Recently I […]

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Energy storage, rare metals and the next ice age

Friday, July 5, 2013

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The holy grail of energy storage may lie in chemical bonds, but a process for making this happen remains unknown. All of the Nobel Laureates who weighed in yesterday on a chemical energy conversion panel agreed on this much. “Replacement of liquid fossil fuels is still in far reach,” said moderator Wolfgang Lubitz, director of […]

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Imaging the near invisible with TEM: a master class

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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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. For now, the five students—all but one of them female—presented research at the edge of what this writer […]

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‘Chemistry and physics: one needs the other’

Monday, July 1, 2013

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“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. In this sentence, Haroche answered why two physicists certainly belong onstage at the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting for chemistry. Haroche’s talk, called ‘Controlling Photons […]

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Cataloging the impact of Lindau meetings

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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Prestigious achievements like the Nobel Prize create powerful networks. Within these networks, scientists share ideas, researchers collaborate with resources and writers cover stories. How can we monitor and measure the impact of the Lindau meetings? This is a question also for gatherings like the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, businesses like Google and institutions […]

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‘Videos with a personality, flow and message’

Friday, June 21, 2013

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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. His path to this point — like his research in sport and exercise psychology — can be summed up in a […]

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Behind the greatest experiments: basic research

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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Insight must precede application.  — Max Planck, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1918 One summer day a young Martin Chalfie walked out of a lab after a particularly frustrating experiment. He thought—quite erroneously—that the life of a scientist was not for him. After teaching high school chemistry for some years, he gave one more try. Working […]

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