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February 24, 2012

I've Got Your Impact Factor Right Here

The Journal of Negative Results in BioMedicine is only the beginning.

September 24, 2010

Don't Worry, I'm (Un)Professional: A Guide to Your Laboratory Colleagues

Our Experimental Error columnist asks, "Who are the people in your fume hood?"

June 24, 2011

Experimental Error: What Happens in the Lab Stays in the Lab

Our labs are science-based mini-societies -- so why do we run them in the same arbitrary and bureaucratic way as the rest of the world?

May 27, 2011

Experimental Error: Fetus Don't Fail Me Now

His daughter still in the embryonic stage, our columnist wonders whether it's too early to steer her toward a career in science.

July 29, 2011

The Gray Pride Parade

Walk through the corridors of many scientific institutions and you'll see the results of decisions made by the hiring committee of 1962.

September 25, 2013

Rich Scientist, Poor Scientist

Adam's old grad school lab appears to have fallen victim to the same budget cuts that are killing science around the country.

January 28, 2011

Experimental Error: Lies, Damned Lies, and Seminars

For all the naïve and gullible graduate students out there, here is a handy guide to what those speakers are really saying.

March 23, 2012

How to Write Like a Scientist

Why do we require scientists to write badly?

April 27, 2012

Thick Books and Thin Films

Before you pick up that next thriller novel, remember that scientists are not exactly as they are often portrayed.

May 24, 2013

In Defense of Playing Around in the Lab

In science, sometimes, mistakes are not merely good, they're extraordinary.

December 23, 2011

Truly Alternative Careers

Looking for something really different? Consider a career in alchemy, Lysenkoism, diluvial geology -- or invent your own!

October 26, 2012

A Cure for Listlessness

Our columnist lists the top N of everything in science careers, where N=fun.

February 22, 2013

Regrettable Resumes, Part 2

Our columnist continues to explore the craggy, often arbitrarily boldface landscape of the scientific resume.

August 26, 2011

Experimental Error: This Is Only a (Giant, Scary, Career-Determining) Test

As we are training to become fully fledged scientists, we ourselves are the test subjects.

May 25, 2012

The Unwritten Rules of Journalism

The key to understanding the way the media covers science is to know the rules science journalists adhere to.

June 28, 2013

Silverbacks and Whippersnappers

In his mid-30s prime, our columnist discusses the common traits of younger and older scientists.
 

August 22, 2013

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: The Challenges of Interdisciplinary Science

The hardest part of interdisciplinary collaborations is collaborating in an interdisciplinary way.