The ribosome—a huge molecule that translates a cell's genetic code into protein—has been thoroughly scrutinized for over 70 years. It still holds many secrets, which is why structural biologist Sebastian Klinge has dedicated his career to understanding what makes ribosomes tick.
We think of brains as computers—stimulus in, action out. But they’re far more finicky than any iMac. Easily swayed by underlying internal states such as hunger, aggression, or arousal, our neurons are capable of incredible flexibility. For neuroscientists, it’s yet another wrinkle in understanding our wrinkliest organ.