Once again, in spite of much hype, CRISPR missed out on the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, in favour of three scientists who pioneered the design and production of molecular machines. Which is still pretty exciting science. So while we reset the clock and begin the countdown afresh for next year’s Prizes, here is a cheery reminder of other happenings from the scientific internet. 

Does a luxury fashion line inspired by prescription pills glamorize addiction?

Designer fashion label Moschino has released a line of clothing emblazoned with mock labels for prescription medication. But what is cheeky for some is generating criticism from some who believe the range is in poor taste. The US is experiencing an opiod crisis that has been generated in part by the overprescription of potent painkillers. 

Democratic databases: science on GitHub

GitHub is well-established as a platform for software development, with some 15 million users around the world. But scientists are increasingly turning to the online community as a means to share data. Caitlin Rivers shared Ebola outbreak information in computer-readable tables, and saw others begin to download her data, and even create programming scripts to run simple error checks. 

‘Blindfolded’ ants reveal clues to insect navigation

Desert-dwelling ants use sight as a backup to step counting when they measure distance, according to new research published in Science.

The world is not enough

“I’D LIKE to die on Mars. Just not on impact.” Classic Elon Musk. The eccentric billionaire has never been shy about his motivations in founding SpaceX, and in this article The Economist takes a look at the aspirations, ideas, and technology, that could eventually make Musk’s vision for a Mars colony a reality.

And one from us…

Cell autophagy claims Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

CRISPR may have missed out this time, but work in genetics once again took centre stage in the award for Medicine or Physiology. In the early 1990s, scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi identified the genes that control how cells recycle old components. And research into both cancer and neurological conditions has benefited from this work ever since. 

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