Dr. Mario J. Molina – 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Mario J. Molina shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Paul J. Cruzen and Frank Sherwood Rowland for his work on the effect of man-made compounds such as chlorofluorocarbons on the Earth’s upper atmosphere.  Dr. Molia’s research predicted the depletion of the protective ozone layer prior to the appearance and detection of ozone holes in the upper atmosphere.  He was the first Mexican-born citizen to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Click here to read a short autobiography of Dr. Molina.

Click here to view a 2011 interview (32 minutes) with Dr. Molina.  In this video Dr. Molina discusses what made him interested in science, his inspirations, his research, and his current activities in air quality and climate change issues.

This post was produced as part of the 2015 Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Hillsborough Community College, Math and Science Division, Dale Mabry Campus.

The Gut Flora: You and Your 100 Trillion Friends

Jeroen Raes at TEDxBrussels

Jeroen Raes is a bionaut, he researches the human microbiome. What he’s discovered in his lab at the Flanders Institute of Biology could herald a major breakthrough not just in gastro-intestinal medicine, but in our fundamental knowledge of the human biology. It turns out that there are only three different types of gut bacteria and, just like blood groups, the three types are totally independent of race, sex, age or diet.

See-through Brains

From Nature Videos

Scientists have come up with a way to make whole brains transparent, so they can be labelled with molecular markers and imaged using a light microscope. The technique, called CLARITY, enabled its creators to produce the detailed 3D visualisations you see in this video. It works in mouse brains and human brains; here the team use it to look into the brain of a 7-year-old boy who had autism.