Do you often get lost in the tedium of day-to-day research? Have you forgotten the passion and curiosity that drove you to science in the first place? As biologists we are privileged to be asking the big questions and probing the mysteries of nature.
That our jobs actually involve messing around with DNA, looking inside single-celled organisms to watch how its proteins move or other similarly mind-boggling interactions with the stuff of life is both humbling and exciting. And the fact that so much remains to be discovered about the basic processes of life, not to mention the impact these discoveries could have on our society, is overwhelmingly inspiring.
Get a refill on your enthusiasm for science by watching this fantastic video produced by the Symphony of Science project:
And if you like what you see, check out even more awesome videos on the Symphony of Science website!
Paula Stephan’s ‘How Economics Shapes Science’ both reassures and discourages any would-be scientist considering a six-and-a-half year jaunt through the United States’ doctoral system. According to Stephan, money drives everything in American science – from students’ willingness to earn tiny stipends for indeterminate lengths of time, to new graduates’ decisions between the tenure grind and […]
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