Scientific hoaxes can be fun (when they're harmless) while also serving a serious function: exposing failures of scientists' most important tool, their skepticism.
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?
No talented child ever says, "I want to pipette repetitively when I grow up."
For all the naïve and gullible graduate students out there, here is a handy guide to what those speakers are really saying.
Over tea, our columnist considers what the congressional elections might mean for the prospects of science and scientists.
Our Experimental Error columnist asks, "Who are the people in your fume hood?"
Why are we most fascinated by the irrelevant aspects of science?
Shouldn't scientists blow more things up? Introducing the first humor column about being, and becoming, a scientist.
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