I just can’t hide it. Vicariously, but the excitement is tangible.

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan shares the 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. This is for his super work on the ribosome structure. I’m excited because Venki is joint Head of Division at the MRC-LMB, where I spent what were probably the six happiest years of my scientific career.

The staff of the otherwise excellent Cafe Macchiato didn’t seem to appreciate my joy, just now. This is the thing about science, isn’t it? Something big, something really, really important (to us) is nothing to the general public, until it directly affects their life. But I can’t keep quiet about it.