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Canadian Maude Abbott’s discoveries on pediatric heart defects have saved young lives for decades. It’s time she received proper scientific recognition. (Shutterstock)

Maude Abbott: The Canadian scientist who deserved a Nobel prize

Maude Abbott's discoveries on pediatric heart defects were groundbreaking, saved countless lives and have stood the test of time for more than 80 years. It's time she received her due credit.
Rita Levi-Montalcini celebrates her 100th birthday in 2009. Presidenza della Repubblica Italiana/Wikimedia Commons

Dismissed under Mussolini, later Nobel prize winner – the importance of scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini

Born in Italy in 1909, Levi-Montalcini avoided being transported to Auschwitz as a young woman and rose to prominence as a neurobiologist. She was a co-recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Medicine.
Science itself needs to be put under the microscope and carefully scrutinised to deal with its flaws. Nattapat Jitrungruengnij/Shutterstock

Science’s credibility crisis: why it will get worse before it can get better

We are observing two new phenomena. On one hand doubt is shed on the quality of entire scientific fields or sub-fields. On the other this doubt is played out in the open, in the media and blogosphere.
The electron microscope’s resolution has radically improved in the last few years, from mostly showing shapeless blobs (left) in 2013 to now being able to visualise proteins at atomic resolution (right) in the present. Martin Högbom/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Life frozen in time under an electron microscope gets a Nobel Prize

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to scientists who developed a way to study biological molecules under an electron microscope.
Cryo-electron microscopy resolution continues to improve. Veronica Falconieri, Sriram Subramaniam, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

Chilled proteins and 3-D images: The cryo-electron microscopy technology that just won a Nobel Prize

The 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to three scientists who revolutionized biochemistry by inventing a technology that can image the molecules of life without destroying them.
An illustration of the collision of two black holes, an event detected for the first time ever by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). The SXS (Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes) Project

An award with real gravity: how gravitational waves attracted a Nobel Prize

The 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to scientists who helped pioneer the discovery of gravitational waves. Australia is playing an important role in gravitational-wave astronomy.

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