Thursday Talks - 30/10/2014

Decoding brain’s sense of place

Federico Brandalise presenting: "Decoding brain’s sense of place"

How does the brain create a map of the space surrounding us and how can we navigate our way through a complex environment? This question has occupied philosophers and scientists for centuries.
In this talk we will briefly describe how the brain creates a map of the surrounding environment following the recent discoveries from John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser, winners of 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.

Seeing more is believing better

After centuries of efforts to improve the perfomance of light microscopes scientists succeeded in the last 15 years to outwit a physical law which limits the resolution power by a factor of 2 to 10. Now, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award Erik Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and W. E. Moerner the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 for the development of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. In this short presentation, the very basic principles of various super-resolution approaches will be explained and some beautiful pictures are shown.