In the Oct. 14 SN: 2017’s scientists to watch, duel over a real-life Brienne of Tarth, the origin of ultrahigh energy cosmic rays, long-lasting spheres of color, watermelon snow’s downside, support for the Unruh effect, polite robots and more.
TICK TOCK For their research identifying the molecular workings of the biological clock, Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young (from left to right) share the 2017 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.
From left to right: Courtesy of Brandeis Univ., Mike Lovett/Brandeis Univ. and Mario Morgado/The Rockefeller Univ.
TIMEKEEPERS Three Americans have won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for discovering the gears of circadian clocks and how they govern daily rhythms, such as sleep, metabolism and other body processes.
RHINO TWILIGHT As woolly rhinos dwindled to extinction, their odds of having odd ribs attached to their neck bones may have risen. Here, one of the creatures is shown in a wall painting at Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave in southern France.