General, 26 January 2015 40 questions, answered If scientists are machines that turn coffee into papers, how many coffees, how many papers, in the last 40 years? This very fundamental question – tweeted by Aidan Budd from Heidelberg, Germany – is core to the life of so many scientists, and called for a multidisciplinary answer that would be both precise and fact-based…
General, 26 January 2015 Cell control in a flash Flick the switch, and illumination follows. The comical image of a light bulb pinging on when a brainwave occurs became remarkably prescient just a few years ago when suddenly, out of the dark, a brand new technique for controlling brain activity lit up the scene.
General, 26 January 2015 Meet the Dean Graduation ceremonies feel like the bright light at the end of a long and challenging journey – the culmination of an incredible rollercoaster of research, teamwork, and personal development. But each time a celebration takes place at EMBL, behind the scenes the hard work is continuing apace – Helke Hillebrand and her team are laying out the bricks and mortar of the internal training programme.
General, 26 January 2015 Lights, camera, action Stunning videos zooming amongst our intestines’ microbial communities and investigating molecular mistakes in individual cancers, developed by the group of EMBL alumnus Sean O’Donoghue, have been selected amongst the world’s top ten science animations in the 2015 International Science & Engineering Visualisation Challenge – the data visualisation equivalent of the Academy Awards.
General, 26 January 2015 Turn out the light In autumn 1993, alumnus and new Nobel Laureate Stefan Hell removed a book on quantum optics from a shelf in his living room in Turku, Finland. He was hot on the trail of a question that had been driving him for years – how to smash through the diffraction barrier identified by German physicist Ernst Abbe more than 100 years previously. Read about his path to the Nobel Prize.
General, 26 January 2015 Pathways & Branches: Out of the darkness The Rosetta Mission’s comet landing leads to amazing and unexpected destinations in the field of science communication. EMBL alumna Karin Ranero, now editor for the German Aerospace Center web portal, was part of a team tasked with running the Twitter account for one of the global stars of the year – not a footballer, an actor, or a singer, but a tiny robotic probe named Philae, that went where nobody and nothing had gone before: the surface of a comet.
General, 16 January 2015 Christian Boulin Fellowship In memory of one of the Laboratory’s longest-serving members, and honoring 38 years of commitment and contribution to the infrastructure of European life science, EMBL launches the new Christian Boulin Fellowship. Established in memory of Christian Boulin, Director of Core Facilities and Services, the Fellowships support travel and accommodation costs of young scientists visiting EMBL’s Core Facilities. Applicants from EMBL’s member states with a demonstrable need for financial assistance are encouraged to apply for one of 15 annual grants of up to 1500 Euro.
Grenoble, 9 January 2015 Welcome: Marco Marcia The Marcia group will be studying long non-coding RNAs – large RNA molecules that control when and where genes are turned on – aiming to understand how they are organised and how they interact with other cellular machinery. The lab’s main approach will be X-ray crystallography, which they will complement with techniques such as electron microscopy and single-angle X-ray scattering as needed.