Sex, influenza and crystallography

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Estrogen, exercise and eDNA

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F1000 Faculty among those awarded US National Medal of Science

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The National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation are the highest awards the US gives to leaders in the fields of science and technology. This month, US President Barack Obama announced a new group of recipients, and we’re delighted to congratulate F1000 International Advisory Board Member Bruce Alberts and Section Head Judith Klinman on being part of this prestigious group.

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Revoking rebound and autumnal Arctic blooms

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David Tilman receives Balzan Prize for ecology research

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F1000 Section Head David Tilman has been announced as the recipient of the 2014 Balzan Prize.

Aiming to “promote culture, the sciences and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and fraternity among peoples throughout the world” this prestigious award was created from the inheritance Lina Balzan to honor the memory of her father, Eugenio, part-owner of the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, who left Italy for Switzerland in protest against fascism in 1933. Four prizes are awarded annually, in varying fields in both humanities and science, but with an emphasis on research.

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Hugo Spiers on spatial memory and cognition

Kathleen Wets, Publisher for F1000, today visited F1000 Faculty Member Hugo Spiers at the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience, UCL, London, and video-recorded him talking about his research into spatial cognition.

Spiers used to work in Nobel Prize winner John O’Keefe’s lab, and his research on spatial memory, cognition and how we navigate through space follows up on a lot of the issues that arose from O’Keefe’s seminal work.

On Monday, John O’Keefe won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with another F1000 Faculty Member, Edvard Moser. Do read Hugo Spiers’ feature in the UK Guardian newspaper, on the implications of O’Keefe’s work – an interesting read.

Read Hugo Spier’s F1000 recommendations here.

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Featured F1000Prime Report: Refueling and rebuilding the failing heart.

The October issue of the open-access review journal F1000Prime Reports is now out, and for this month’s feature, we thought we’d put cardiac metabolism in the spotlight.

Enhanced image of a human heart Credit: Gordon Museum. Wellcome Images

Enhanced image of a human heart
Credit: Gordon Museum. Wellcome Images

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Edvard Moser receives the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Nobel PrizeWe are delighted to congratulate Edvard Moser, F1000Prime Faculty Member in the Neuroscience Faculty, on receiving the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Professor Moser is a founding director of The Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and Centre for the Biology of Memory (KI/CBM) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and has been a Faculty Member since 2003, recommending articles for the Cognitive Neuroscience Section.

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Oncolytic infections and infective emotions

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Coffee and science: International Coffee Day

CoffeeAs it’s International Coffee Day today, it seems appropriate to highlight the plethora of research papers highlighted on F1000Prime that examine the benefits (or not) of coffee. And there are many, as a simple search of the F1000Prime site reveals.

Indeed, not only may coffee reduce the risk of urolithiasis, it could also provide some protection in Parkinson’s disease; it might reduce your risk of stroke (if you’re a woman, sorry guys), and it could even prevent liver fibrosis, lower your chances of colon cancer, and even prevent against Alzheimer’s.

It’s not all good news, however. There are some detrimental effects too. Drinking coffee if you have chronic prostatitis or chronic pelvic disease may aggravate symptoms, and in pregnant women, drinking more than 4 cups a day probably isn’t the best idea, as it could increase the risk of fetal death.

All in all, however, the bulk of the research out there does suggest that coffee has more beneficial effects than bad ones, though results aren’t conclusive. Do take a look at the huge number of coffee papers highlighted on F1000Prime for other coffee-related research. Happy International Coffee Day!

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