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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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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 29, 2012

Will That Be Trash or Credit?

If scientists just want to make the world a better place, why do they expend so much energy clamoring for credit?

July 27, 2012

Help Not Wanted

The United States faces a severe shortage of qualified scientists—so why are there so many unemployed scientists?

August 24, 2012

Is Science Cool? No.

As the wider world celebrates science's renewed coolness, our columnist stubbornly questions the world's right to decide.