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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.

May 20, 2014

Forgive Me, Scientists, for I Have Sinned

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

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.

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.

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.

January 23, 2014

Adjunctification Blues

As Johns Hopkins University floats a plan to limit the number of grad students and raise their salaries, our columnist envisions an overly adjunctified world.

December 20, 2013

There's No Place Like the Lab for the Holidays

Running out of shopping days? Consider these science-related gifts for the budding little principal investigator on your holiday gift list.

November 21, 2013

The Postdoc: A Special Kind of Hell

Being a postdoc, says our Experimental Error columnist, has advantages and disadvantages.

October 24, 2013

Searching for Truths (at Booths)

We scientists need to get out there and sell, sell, sell, even though salesmanship isn't in our marshmallows.

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.

August 22, 2013

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

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

July 26, 2013

Jack of One Hyperspecific Trade

Is it really possible to be a student of all sciences? No, it isn't.

June 28, 2013

Silverbacks and Whippersnappers

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

May 24, 2013

In Defense of Playing Around in the Lab

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

April 26, 2013

From Swag to Riches

Our columnist offers tips and strategies to help you, dear reader, walk out of any exhibit hall loaded down with free corporate goods.

March 22, 2013

Sexy, Sexy Scientists

Our sexy columnist ponders the importance of sexiness in science.

February 22, 2013

Regrettable Resumes, Part 2

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

January 25, 2013

Regrettable Resumes

Charged with perusing applications for an open scientist job, our columnist lowers his standards.

December 14, 2012

The Myth of the Well-Rounded Scientist

Despite what grad school admissions committees seem to believe, outside interests are good.

November 23, 2012

Does Scientific Research Need a Purpose?

Not all research is easily justified—but what do you do when you can't even justify it to yourself?