The Joy Of Shared Microscopes- 10 Things Which Really Piss Me Off!

The theory behind the idea of having shared microscopes is a good one, but, in reality, this can sometimes mean you have to put up with the dirty habits of your fellow scientists and […]

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Book Review: “The Best American Science Writing 2012,” edited by Jesse Cohen and Michio Kaku

From cutting-edge medicine to disastrous climate change to quantum mechanics, the 2012 installment of The Best American Science Writing (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0062117912) offers some of the best science journalism and essays from the previous year.  The […]

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Bad reference? It’s not the end of your science career

The conventional sequence for getting a new job in science (or anywhere else) goes like this: 1) Apply for job 2) Get an interview 3) Ace the interview 4) Pray that your references hold […]

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Avoid These Pitfalls: Seven (Not So Deadly) Histology Sins

The following is a list of seven common histology blunders. All of which I have personally witnessed (supposedly intelligent and otherwise excellent) scientists commit. Read below to avoid making the same transgressions next time […]

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Book review: ‘How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper’ by Robert A. Day and Barbara Gastel

One of our PhD students recently became silent and withdrawn. I couldn't understand why: he is getting a lot of results, has many friends and a popular and easy-going person in general. Then I’ve […]

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Look To The Stars: What Astronomy Can Teach Us About Handling NGS Data

It is no news to anyone in the genomics field that as we are constantly accumulating and producing big data, we are in big need to manage the data better. As we move towards […]

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Common Reasons for Nightmare PhDs

From pre-doc to postdoc, there are many instances that can transform a perfectly good PhD program into a nightmarish one. Here are the most common scenarios to watch out for in graduate school – […]

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So, You Think An Electron Microscope Is There To Make Things Look Bigger?

“Well, of course”- I can hear someone saying. “It can make things look as much as 200, 000 times bigger”. Problem is, the first sentence is wrong, and the second one is meaningless! On […]

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Easy Yeast RNA isolation without the Trizol

Recently BsB author Yevgeniy Grigoryev shared a total RNA isolation protocol. The one I use is even simpler – no expensive Trizol, which is a mix of phenol and some salts, all that is […]

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Keeping Your Science Out of the (Junk) Headlines

As a research scientist you spend years toiling away on your area of interest, hoping for a big breakthrough, or at least a more minor contribution to your field. So it is no doubt […]

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