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3 Win Nobel Prize In Medicine For Discovering Brain's 'Inner GPS'

<i>Update at 7:05 a.m. ET</i><p>Three neuroscientists from Europe will share the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of how the brain determines where the body is in space.<p>John O'Keefe, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London, will get half of the prize — 8 …

Nobel Prize in medicine honors discovery of the brain's 'inner GPS'

Groundbreaking research could shed new light on Alzheimer's disease<p>Dr. John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser, and Edvard I. Moser have been awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for their discovery of cells that form an "inner GPS" in human brains. O'Keefe will share the 8 million Swedish krona ($1.1 …

Why women leave tech: It's the culture, not because 'math is hard'

I knew something was up when Sandhya, a talented project manager I only knew slightly, asked me if we could have lunch.<p>She had recently come back …

Nobel Prize honors researchers' discovery of the brain's GPS system

Three scientists who studied how the brain positions us within our environment, plots the route ahead and may even remember where we've been were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday.<p>John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser were pioneers in the effort to understand …

The Brain

John O’Keefe, May-Britt and Edvard Moser win Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – as it happened

We’ve had a late reaction from Hugo Spiers, who as the head of the Spatial Cognition Group at University College London is perfectly placed to explain the research behind this year’s prize. His morning schedule was disrupted by a fire alarm at UCL, but he found time to send us this neat summary:<p>All …

All you need to know: Draconids in 2017

The Draconids are best seen in the evening hours. In 2017, a bright waning gibbous moon will interfere, but still … give it a try!<p>October’s Draconid …

Um or er: which do you, um, use more in, er, conversation?

In the historic struggle between the ummers and the errers, the ummers are getting the upper hand. A study of speech patterns by socio-linguists at Edinburgh University has found that English speakers increasingly tend to use “um” rather than “er” as the filler of choice.<p>Earlier this year on the …

UN researchers find proof that wreck initially believed to have been explorer’s flagship is actually from later period<p>Claims that a wreck found off Haiti was Christopher Columbus’s flagship from his first voyage to the Americas have been scuttled after experts determined it was that of a ship from …

Map-Making In The Brain Wins Nobel Prize In Medicine

Knowledge about how brains navigate through the world could help doctors understand what happens when Alzheimer's patients lose their ability to navigate.<p>Three scientists have won the Nobel Prize in medicine and physiology for their discoveries about how the brain builds a map of the world and …

Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for finding brain’s ‘you are here’ cells

Three neuroscientists, including a married couple from Norway, have won the 2014 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for their discovery of the brain’s internal GPS.<p>Their work, which collectively spans four decades, revealed the existence of nerve cells that build up a map of the space around us …

Nobel prize find: search for ‘soul of rat’ revealed brain’s navigation system

John O’Keefe – who shares this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – once jokingly told me that he was searching for the soul of the rat, but missed and struck lucky with his discovery of place cells – a kind of “you are here” mapping signal in the brain.<p>His discovery and the accompanying …

Here's Why The Night Sky Is Dark Even Though Jillions Of Stars Are Shining Light Our Way

There are <i>a lot</i> of stars out there--an estimated 70 billion trillion. With so many stars beaming their light our way, it seems only logical that the night sky would be as bright as day.<p>This is the essence of the so-called dark night sky paradox, also known as Olbers' paradox after German astronomer …

What Next For The Ebola Outbreak? Here's What The Math Says

Everyone's talking about Ebola--and no wonder, now that the deadly disease has been diagnosed in the U.S. for the first time ever.<p>Will the mini-outbreak in Dallas be contained, as public health officials keep reassuring us?<p>The short answer is "yes," Dr. Lauren Ancel Meyers, a professor of …

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded for locating brain’s GPS

British-US scientist John O’Keefe and married couple May-Britt and Edvard Moser from Norway have won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering the brain’s “inner GPS”.<p>The “place cells” and “grid cells” they discovered make it possible for our brains to work out where we are .<p>The …

Researchers identify a brain 'switchboard' important in attention and sleep

Related images<br>(click to enlarge)<p>Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere, using a mouse model, have recorded the activity of …

The Scientifically Best Way To Get Through A Day On No Sleep

Sure, boss, I'll get—*yawn*—right to it.<p>Science is an endeavor by a bunch of flawed people, and the institution can be problematic—hey, we're all human—so I'm not usually one to say things like, "I love science!" This time, however, I'm grateful. <i>New York</i> Magazine talked with sleep researchers about …

New ways to treat solid tumours

(Medical Xpress)—An international team of scientists has shown that an antibody against the protein EphA3, found in the micro-environment of solid …

This Gorgeous Image From Hubble Shines New Light On Old Cosmic Mystery

Holy Hubble!<p>It's been almost 25 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed in 1990, but the orbiting observatory keeps sending exciting new images. Just check out one of Hubble's latest images below, featuring a brilliant globular cluster full of stars that shine bright like</i> …

A safer way to shrink deadly blood clots - Futurity

By eliminating an enzyme, scientists were able to shrink dangerous blood clots by 50 percent without using blood thinners.

Giving antibiotics to babies may lead to obesity, researchers claim

Long courses of antibiotics may put babies and toddlers at higher risk of obesity when they grow up, according to US researchers.<p>Low doses of penicillin early in life can alter natural populations of gut microbes, which in turn may affect metabolism and lead to higher rates of obesity later in …

Meet MonsterMind, the NSA Bot That Could Wage Cyberwar Autonomously

Edward Snowden has made us painfully aware of the government's sweeping surveillance programs over the last year. But a new program, currently being …

Antarctica's icequakes got their start in Chile - Futurity

Scientists were able to "listen" to the 2010 earthquake in Chile and found it may have been the cause for stronger than usual "icequakes" in …

Your fear of crime might keep you safe - Futurity

A new study challenges the idea that it's unhealthy to be afraid of crime. Researchers say a little fear may help keep you safe.

Watch clouds move over a methane sea on Titan

NASA has released an animation of methane clouds moving above a hydrocarbon sea on Saturn’s large moon, Titan.<p>Between July 20 and 22, 2014, the …

New Flying Reptile Found in "Unprecedented" Pterosaur Boneyard

Forty-seven pterosaur skeletons unearthed at Brazilian site, study says.<p>Nearly 50 skeletons of a new species of ancient flying reptile have been unearthed in southern Brazil, an "absolutely unprecedented" discovery, one expert says.<p>Varying ages of the newfound species, dubbed <i>Caiuajara dobruskii</i>, …