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    July 23, 2010

    Experimental Error: Don't Try This at Home

    Shouldn't scientists blow more things up? Introducing the first humor column about being, and becoming, a scientist.

    August 27, 2010

    Experimental Error: All That Glitters Is All We Remember

    Why are we most fascinated by the irrelevant aspects of science?

    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?"

    October 22, 2010

    Experimental Error: Electile Dysfunction

    Over tea, our columnist considers what the congressional elections might mean for the prospects of science and scientists.

    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.

    February 25, 2011

    Most Likely to Secede

    No talented child ever says, "I want to pipette repetitively when I grow up."

    April 01, 2011

    Experimental Error: Achieving Immortality

    How can we ensure that future students will read our names when, many years from now, they open their science textbooks on their iPad 15s?

    April 22, 2011

    Forging a Head

    Scientific hoaxes can be fun (when they're harmless) while also serving a serious function: exposing failures of scientists' most important tool, their skepticism.

    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.

    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?

    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.

    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.

    September 23, 2011

    Experimental Error: Nobel Gas

    It's time to reclaim the Nobel Prize for the common scientist, for those who have long considered the award beyond their grasp.

    October 28, 2011

    OMG, So Many Science Careers

    If you like grant writing, writing grants, and obtaining grants via writing, you may enjoy life as an academic scientist.

    November 25, 2011

    What Scientists Can Be Grateful for on Thanksgiving

    When you carve the turkey, don't forget to thank science.

    December 23, 2011

    Truly Alternative Careers

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

    January 27, 2012

    The Top 10 Worst Things About Working in a Lab

    Lab work left you feeling dissatisfied? Our Experimental Error columnist feels your pain.

    February 24, 2012

    I've Got Your Impact Factor Right Here

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

    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.

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