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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 13, 2010

Experimental Error Index

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?