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  • A meeting of minds: Trailer

    A meeting of minds: Trailer

    Every summer an extraordinary meeting between Nobel Laureates and young scientists takes place on Lindau Island in Germany. At 2010′s cross-disciplinary meeting, we followed five young students as they met their Nobel idols. You might think an elderly biologist and a young engineer have little in common, but these encounters threw up plenty of ideas across disciplines and across generations. This trailer offers a glimpse of the films that follow, including a special film celebrating the 60th anniversary of the […]

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  • Meeting the ‘systems’ sceptic – with Tim Hunt

    Meeting the ‘systems’ sceptic – with Tim Hunt

    Roland Pache is trying to understand complex biological interactions using computer algorithms to hunt for patterns in vast swathes of data. Undergraduate Sophia Hsing-Jung Li is excited by this new field of ‘systems biology’. In this film they meet Tim Hunt, whose prizewinning work on the cell cycle and current research on cancer centres on the behaviour of individual molecules. Will Tim share the students’ enthusiasm for systems biology?

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  • The handedness of life – with Jack Szostak

    The handedness of life – with Jack Szostak

    Many molecules are chiral, which means they have two possible forms that are non-superimposable mirror images of each other, just like your left and right hand. But in the amino acids and sugars that make up living things, we find only one of these forms — and young chemist Abigail Hubbard wants to know why. She’s keen to pick Jack Szostak’s brain on the source of this ‘homochirality’, a subject close to Jack’s own research into the origin of life […]

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  • Sex and stigma – with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

    Sex and stigma – with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

    Françoise Barré-Sinoussi won her Nobel Prize for identifying HIV as the cause of AIDS. The virus is made more dangerous by the social stigmas that surround infection. Young physicist Markita Landry explores social and educational issues in HIV research with Françoise. The pair also share their experiences of life as women working in science.

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  • Making miniature machines – with Hamilton Smith

    Making miniature machines – with Hamilton Smith

    Noy Bassik draws inspiration from origami to engineer miniature tools that he envisages as the surgeons of the future. Hamilton Smith is also in the business of making things. Working with Craig Venter, he recently created a bacterial cell controlled by a synthetic genome. As Hamilton and Noy talk, they offer insight into the overlapping worlds of biology and engineering.

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  • Turning The Tables

    Turning The Tables

    The annual Nobel Laureate Meetings at Lindau feature many opportunities for young scientists to learn from some of the most successful scientists around today. Yet there are fewer chances for the laureates to find out about the challenges that young scientists face today, and what they feel is important. Nature Outlook organised a special event, called Turning the Tables, to redress this balance and in this film we bring you the highlights.

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  • The spirit of Lindau

    The spirit of Lindau

    The years following the Second World War were dark days for science in Germany. But in 1951, a light began to glimmer. Two physicians from the island of Lindau, supported by wealthy Swedish count Lennart Bernadotte, established a meeting of Nobel Laureates. At first they drew participants from Germany and its neighbouring countries. As the years went by the meeting grew to include young scientists, until it became the international gathering it is today. This film explores the story and […]

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