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Two US Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Medicine for Unraveling the Mysteries of the Human Sense of Touch; JLo Did Not Attend Ben Affleck’s Red Carpet Premiere to Avoid George Clooney; Tyra Banks Slammed for ‘Disrespectful’ Britney Spears Tribute; Rob Gronkowski Suffered a Punctured Lung and Cracked Ribs; Bubba Wallace Becomes the First Black Driver in Almost 60 Years to Win a NASCAR Cup Series Race

Two US Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Medicine for Unraveling the Mysteries of the Human Sense of Touch

Two American scientists have been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or medicine for unraveling the microscopic mysteries of the human sense of touch.

David Julius of the University of California, San Francisco received half of the prize for his work with “capsaicin, a pungent compound from chili peppers that induces a burning sensation, to identify a sensor in the nerve endings of the skin that responds to heat,” while Ardem Patapoutian of the Scripps Research Institute, received the other half for his work with “pressure-sensitive cells to discover a novel class of sensors that respond to mechanical stimuli in the skin and internal organs.”

Their discoveries “have allowed us to understand how heat, cold and mechanical force can initiate the nerve impulses that allow us to perceive and adapt to the world around us,” the Nobel Committee stated in a statement. “This knowledge is being used to develop treatments for a wide range of disease conditions, including chronic pain.”

The prize is ten million Swedish kronor ($1.15 million), which will be split equally between the two winners.

The scientists began piecing together the chemical pathways that convert heat and pressure detected on the skin into nerve impulses perceived by the brain in the 1990s. Julius and his colleagues began by compiling a database of millions of DNA segments encoding genes identified in sensory nerve cells. They eventually discovered that a single gene was responsible for the burning sensation associated with capsaicin by introducing the genes one by one to cells that did not ordinarily react to capsaicin. The gene they uncovered enabled cells to synthesize a protein called TRPV1, which was activated at painfully hot temperatures.

Julius and Patapoutian independently discovered another protein, TPRM8, activated by cold temperatures and a variety of additional proteins that detected a range of temperatures.

Not only did the discoveries shed light on the mechanics underlying sensory experiences like warmth and pressure, but they also opened the door to a new class of medications targeting the receptors — ranging from painkillers to those that may lower blood pressure in blood arteries and organs.

“While we understood the physiology of the senses, what we didn’t understand was how we sensed differences in temperature or pressure,” Oscar Marin, head of King’s College London’s MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, told The Associated Press. “Knowing how our body senses these changes is fundamental because once we know those molecules, they can be targeted. It’s like finding a lock, and now we know the precise keys that will be necessary to unlock it.”

In 1944, Joseph Erlanger and Herbert Gasser received the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for discovering specialized nerve cells that respond to both painful and non-painful touch.

JLo Did Not Attend Ben Affleck’s Red Carpet Premiere to Avoid George Clooney

Ben Affleck stars in George Clooney’s The Tender Bar, which will be released on December 22, 2021. According to an insider, “Jen famously did not get along with George Clooney when they made Out of Sight together. They couldn’t stand each other.”

“So it’s funny that Ben’s new movie is with George, and it’s no coincidence that Jen was not photographed on the red carpet with him, posing with George and [wife] Amal.”

Additionally, the source stated that “Bridges need to be repaired.”

Earlier in the day, though, JLo was spotted holding hands with Ben on their way to another film screening, the two arriving casually. George was also observed at the same screening, dressed in a polo shirt and pants.

George and JLo co-starred in the critically acclaimed 1998 film Out Of Sight. And, while neither star has addressed any tensions that arose during production, JLo previously opened up to Jon Stewart on The Daily Show on her on-screen kisses.

“I’ve done over 30 movies, so the ratio… some are good, some are not so good,” she explained to the comic. When the A-lister failed to identify names, Jon surmised that George might be the worst of them all.

“He was OK! He was alright,” she remarked.

George, 60, and Ben, 49, photographed together at their film’s red carpet debut in Los Angeles over the weekend. The two actors, both of whom have portrayed Batman, laughed and smiled as Ben wrapped his arm around George’s shoulders.

Jlo and Ben resumed their romance early this year, more than 15 years after calling off their engagement. Their romance has developed rapidly, as seen by their earlier sightings touring multimillion-dollar residences in Los Angeles. The couple looked at an $85 million mansion in Beverly Hills, California, that would accommodate their combined brood of five children.

JLo and former spouse Marc Anthony share 13-year-old twins, Max and Emme, while Ben and ex-wife Jennifer Garner share Violet, 15, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, nine.

Tyra Banks Slammed for ‘Disrespectful’ Britney Spears Tribute on Dancing With The Stars

The ABC Dancing With The Stars competition’s Monday night broadcast was dedicated to the beloved music legend. Each participant performed to one of Britney’s iconic tunes.

The supermodel chose to pay tribute to the Princess of Pop by reimagining two of her most iconic ensembles. Tyra, 47, strolled out behind the stage at the show’s conclusion wearing the costume that helped Britney, 39, become a household name – her Baby One More Time ensemble.

Tyra wore a black skirt, a white button-down shirt knotted in the front, and two pigtail braids, much like she did in her 1998 music video. Later in the broadcast, the America’s Next Top Model host paid tribute to Britney to recreate her 2001 MTV Video Music Awards seductive Slave 4 U appearance.

While Britney was famous for wearing a banana python around her neck like a scarf, Tyra chose a more subdued homage to the creature. She shined in an emerald green skintight gown with a sheer corset and a bejeweled silver serpent crawling across her torso.

Tyra’s fans were incensed because she made a “half a** effort,” and some even accused her of “ruining” the ensembles.

“Sooo Tyra wanted just to half-ass the Britney outfit, huh? Not very tributey and respectful on this dumbass Britney nite. Not that I mind, lol,” one user tweeted.

“Tyra is just not pulling off this Britney look at all.” another added.

While another added, “Tyra, you are ruining Britney, boo.”

Another said, “Tyra Banks just ruined Britney’s ICONIC look tf?!”


Some fans slammed the tribute program as a whole, with one stating, “If they REALLY wanted to honor Britney, they wouldn’t let these studio singers butcher her songs.”

“No offense, but I want to hear straight Britney tracks tonight, please. Do the Queen some justice,” another tweeted.

On Monday, Dancing With The Stars paid tribute to the pop diva with the performance of “Britney Night,” following news that her father, Jamie Spears, had been suspended as her conservator following a 13-year court fight.

Tyra has sparked criticism with her ensembles throughout the season, and last week’s decision may be her most expensive yet. She entered the stage in a short burgundy gown with huge wing-like sleeves that stretch out at the sides. Fans couldn’t resist but express their sentiments on social media, with some connecting the unusual clothing to a paper fan or the Jurassic Park Dilophosaurus.

Others commented that the sleeves resembled handheld paper fans and were “tacky.”

Tyra’s stylist, many believed, needs to be “fired.”

Rob Gronkowski Suffered a Punctured Lung and Cracked Ribs After a Hit During the Game Against the Rams

NFL fans surely noticed Tampa Bay tight end Rob Gronkowski was absent from the Buccaneers’ Sunday night game against the New England Patriots.

Gronkowski, 32, was injured on Sept. 26 during the Buccaneers’ game against the Los Angeles Rams. While he temporarily returned to the game following the impact, he was unable to accompany the Buccaneers on their journey to Massachusetts for yesterday’s game due to his injuries.

“We held out hope all week that Gronk would be ready,” a Buccaneers source told ESPN. “He’s a different breed.”

Gronkowski received an MRI following the incident, which revealed several cracked ribs.

“He made progress but not enough,” Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said of Gronkowski’s rehabilitation.

Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer revealed that Gronkowski sustained one broken rib, four cracked ribs, and a punctured lung.

“I actually talked to Gronk about it, and he said, ‘There’s been a lot of misinformation out there, so, Jay, put the right information out there about me.’ It wasn’t just a couple of cracked ribs; it was four cracked ribs, one broken rib, and a punctured lung,” Glazer explained.

“He said, ‘Of course I wanted to be out there against New England as much as anything. But with something like this, especially the lung, I need to think about my health first,’ ” he continued. “That’s something I might not have thought about earlier, but at this point, I’ve got to really make sure my health comes first.’ But he said it was driving (him) crazy that he couldn’t be in there against New England.”

While Gronkowski could not rejoin quarterback Tom Brady in New England (Gronkowski and Brady won three Super Bowls together with the Patriots), the Florida squad nevertheless managed to win.

Due to a failed field goal by the Patriots in the final minutes of Sunday’s game at Gillette Stadium, the Buccaneers won 19-17 and improved to 3-1 following their Super Bowl victory earlier this year.

Bubba Wallace Becomes the First Black Driver in Almost 60 Years to Win a NASCAR Cup Series Race

On Monday, Bubba Wallace became the first African-American race car driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race since Wendell Scott in 1963.

The star driver, 27, was shown jumping and hugging teammates on NASCAR’s Twitter account early Monday afternoon following his victory.

Wallace won the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama, in a rain-delayed race in which he defeated Ryan Preece and Chris Buescher.

The momentous event was the first victory for a Black driver in NASCAR’s premier series since Hall of Famer Wendell Scott won the Dec. 1, 1963, race at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

Wallace is part of the 23XI Racing team, which is co-owned by Michael Jordan, the former NBA superstar.

Wallace made a point of posing with his white dog Asher for victory photos during Monday’s news conference.

“Man, I’m just so proud of everyone at 23XI,” Wallace said, according to NASCAR. “New team coming in and getting a win late in the season. I know a lot of history was made today, I believe, which is really cool, but it’s about our guys, about our team, about what was done.”

Wallace’s victory is the latest in a string of good fortune for the sportsman, who announced his engagement in July to Amanda Carter.

“Why I waited so long..we will never know,” Wallace shared on Twitter, posting several romantic photographs from the big event, including one of himself down on one knee in front of a waterfall.

The other photographs included a close-up of the couple, with Carter displaying her engagement ring, and a shot of Wallace pumping his fist in the air when she said yes.

“The wait is over!! Here’s to forever! Forever ever!” he continued.

Carter has long backed the driver, born Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., as he has risen up the NASCAR ranks since being launched as a team driver in October 2017, becoming the first Black driver to earn a full-time Cup seat.

Being the only Black driver in NASCAR’s Cup Series, Wallace has received national notoriety as an activist over the last year, successfully pressing NASCAR to prohibit the use of the Confederate flag at the racetrack.

The sportsman has been candid about his encounters with racism.

“Whenever I was younger, I never would understand it, but my parents would always just be like, ‘You know what, don’t mind that BS that’s going on over there. Let’s come back next week and beat their tails,’ ” he told PEOPLE last July. “And that’s what we did. We’d come back and eventually shut them up. So, it’s been like that ever since.”