1. The Nobel prize in medicine and physiology was announced today.
"In the 1960s, the main treatments for malaria were chloroquine and quinine, but they were proving increasingly ineffective. So in 1967, China established a national project against malaria to discover new therapies. Tu and her team screened more than 2,000 Chinese herbal remedies to search for drugs with antimalarial activity. An extract from the wormwood plant Artemisia annua proved especially effective and by 1972, the researchers had isolated chemically pure artemisinin." -- Nature News
Talk about finding a needle in a haystack!
2. LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Company recently collaborated to release a study of Women in the Workplace.
3. A second recent study looked specifically at the disparity in academic start-up packages between men and women, particularly at top research institutions.