Today in Research: How the Nobel Winners Reacted to the News; More

More

Today in research: other Nobel winners, the usefulness of nose things, an "alternative" vaccination schedule, and the odd sounds captured during a meteor shower.

  • How the other Nobel winners reacted to the news today. The bittersweet report of scientist Ralph Steinman dying only three days before being awarded with the Nobel prize in medicine -- and its status (it will still be awarded posthumously) -- dominated the headlines about the Nobel announcement. But Steinman was only one of three scientists honored for immune system advances. Bloomberg News caught up with honoree Dr. Bruce A. Beutler of the Scripps Research Institute, who reacted this way: "I woke up in the middle of the night, and glanced at my cell phone, and the first thing I saw was a message line that just said the words 'Nobel Prize,'" he said. 'Needless to say, I grabbed it and started looking at messages. Wow." French scientist Dr. Jules Hoffman was quite humbled in a conversation with the AP saying, "I wasn't sure this domain merited a Nobel." [Bloomberg News, Associated Press]
  • Sometimes an 'alternative' vaccination schedule means no vaccination schedule. Another example of just how pervasive the now-retracted 1998 Lancet study purporting an autism-vaccine link may still be. About 1 in 10 parents cited in a new study relayed by Reuters refused "some vaccines or delaying vaccines until kids were older -- mostly because parents thought that 'seemed safer.'" The researchers "worry that more parents may be refusing vaccines in the future, raising the risk that diseases like measles and whooping cough will spread in schools and communities." [Reuters]

Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.

Jump to comments
Presented by

The Atlantic Wire is your authoritative guide to the news and ideas that matter most right now.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

A Wild Vacation in the Pacific Northwest

A not-so-ordinary road trip, featuring extra-tall art bikes, skateboards, and hand-painted vans


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Health

Just In