The Nobel in Medicine 2009

You’ve probably heard by now, but in case you hadn’t, the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to three Americans for the discovery of telomerase—something that helped pave the way for understanding cancer.

I remember learning about telomerases in college. I have to say, it’s really nice to have some idea about what this year’s prize was awarded for about without having to look up a lot of things.

By the way, this happens to be the 100th year that the Nobel Prize has been awarded, and coincidentally, it is the 101st post here on Two-Penny Words.

This post refers to:

The Associated Press. Three Americans Share Nobel Prize for Medicine. October 5, 2009.

Girls are good at math

A recent study found that the disparities between boys and girls in math are related to gender inequality. The article is available for free if you follow the link provided on the abstract page.

Of course, you should have known that already.

This post refers to:

Janet S Hyde and Janet E Mertz, “Gender, culture, and mathematics performance,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106, no. 22 (June 2, 2009): 8801-8807, doi:10.1073/pnas.0901265106.