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    February 27, 2014

    Magnetic Fields, or, The Minor Matter of Your Major

    Before we even know what the different science disciplines truly involve, we're expected to choose a field we'll pursue for the rest of our lives.

    March 26, 2014

    Kids Posit the Darnedest Hypotheses

    There's a lot we can learn from science fair projects that we can then apply to our own research.

    April 24, 2014

    Dress to Profess: What Should Scientists Wear?

    Many scientists worry that if they dress well, they'll be sending a message that appearances matter more than substance.

    May 20, 2014

    Forgive Me, Scientists, for I Have Sinned

    To be a proper scientist, is it necessary to conform to the standard template?

    June 26, 2014

    How to Talk to Kids About Science

    Our columnist offers advice on presenting your work to the most difficult audience there is: children.

    July 24, 2014

    Academic Science, I Just Can’t Quit You

    NIH-funded training programs are helping NIH-trained scientists learn how to not do NIH-funded research.

    August 21, 2014

    Science and childbirth, the second time around

    In which our columnist attempts to replicate his earlier experiment in procreation.

    August 13, 2010

    Experimental Error Index

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

    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.

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