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Nobel Conference 48 Profile of Kathleen Dean Moore

If you wanted to listen to the ocean, what would you do? Would you sit on a rocky headland while waves crashed and thundered their slow beat far below? If you wanted to delight in the ocean, what would you do? Would you float on gorgeous, green, rolling waves while a pod of dolphins leaped […]

Nobel Conference 48 Profile of Christopher Sabine

As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have increased from around 280 parts per million preindustrially to near 400 parts per million in 2012, the scientific community has been diligently working to predict how much warmer the earth’s atmosphere will become. It is well known that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased due mainly […]

Nobel Conference 48 Profile of William Fitzgerald

Have you ever paused as you made a tuna sandwich and wondered just what went on in that fish’s life? To grow large enough to be caught, the tuna must have eaten a lot of food—smaller ocean creatures—that had, in turn, been eating and growing in the ocean for their whole lives. If “you are […]

Nobel Conference 48 Profile of Barbara Block

On October 2 and 3, scientists, students, and the interested public will converge on Gustavus Adolphus College to discuss “Our Global Ocean.” Through time, oceans have fascinated and nourished us, yet we know very little about the sustainability of the organisms we harvest from their depths. In order to know more, we first must find […]

Nobel Conference 48 Profile of Maya Tolstoy

What does the bottom of the ocean really look like? Ask a child to draw the seafloor, and she’ll likely draw something that looks like the bottom of a swimming pool with seaweed growing in towers. The deep seafloor is intriguingly more complex than this, of course, and no one knows that better than Maya Tolstoy. […]

Nobel Conference 48 Profile of Dr. David Gallo

Deep in the heart of North America, far from any salt-water shore, a scientific conference that focuses on the world’s oceans will be held at Gustavus Adolphus College. While the location might seem unlikely, that impression is superficial since the earth’s oceans have a massive influence on the well-being of all of humankind, regardless of […]

Nobel Conference 48 Update

The oceans have long been a source of fascination, from the tales of Sinbad to the popular Blue Planet documentary. The marine world provides us with seafood and medicines, fertilizers and petroleum. And the oceans are associated with danger, from the exaggerated fiction of Jaws to poorly understood feedback on climate change. Nobel Conference 48 at Gustavus Adolphus College […]

Phantom Vibration Syndrome

Read today’s NYTimes op-ed piece You Love Your iPhone. Literally on how our brain circuitry reveals that our addiction to our iPhones may really be true love.  Please join us next week in learning more about what the brain sciences might be able to tell us about love, addiction and the potential  benefits and consequences […]

Neural iPhones, Telepathic Helmets and Thought Chips

Read a recent article in the NYTimes “The Cyborg in Us All” and come to Nobel 47 The Brain and Being Human to learn more about how human communication may be revolutionized when mind is melded to machine.

The Game of Love

Read what neuroscientist David Linden, author of The Compass of Pleasure, has to say about the neurobiology of love in his answers to the “Five Questions” series in the Washington Post. Come learn more about this topic from Dr Larry Young on Tuesday October 4 at the upcoming Nobel Conference 47, The Brain and Being […]