Nobel Prize Winner May-Britt Moser Accepted Her Award in a Gown Depicting The Neurons She Discovered — How's That For Science You Can Wear?
Norwegian neuroscientist May-Britt Moser may have just been one-third of the trio that won this year's Nobel Prize in Medicine, but she was definitely the show stealer when she accepted the award with John O’Keefe and her husband Edvard Moser on December 10. Moser wore a gown that depicted the neurons she helped discover, blending science and fashion in a new way. Take that, wearable tech.
In case you missed it (no judgement, so did I,) Moser and her partners won the award for their work on grid cells. In a statement, the Nobel Committee described it this way: "[Their] discoveries have solved a problem that has occupied philosophers and scientists for centuries – how does the brain create a map of the space surrounding us and how can we navigate our way through a complex environment?" Though I don't know science very well, that sounds pretty unbelievable.
It did to fashion designer Matthew Hubble, who used to be an engineer, too. He decided to make a dress that involved the very neuron grid that Moser had worked on for her to wear to the ceremony. Made of navy viscose satin with silver leather detailing, there are three neurons embroidered on the dress. They're scientifically accurate, too. Take a look at Moser in the final product, plus check out what Hubble had to say about the dress in a video by the Scientific American. I'd imagine if there's ever an event you want a custom dress for, it's to accept your Nobel Prize. Congrats to Moser and her partners!
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