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Our 12 Favorite Science Podcasts

Whether you’re doing a quick Miniprep or labeling hundreds of PCR tubes, listening to science podcasts can help keep you sane, entertained, and informed! With so many podcasts out there, we’ve pulled together this list of twelve great options: 1. 60-Second Science (1 – 2 minutes, updated weekdays) This Scientific American podcast offers quick news about […]

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In Fun Stuff, Of Interest 9th of July, 2016
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Top 5 Protein Quantification Assays

What could be simpler and faster than measuring the amount of protein in your sample? Well, don’t get too confident – even the most humble protein quantification assay uses some sophisticated chemistry that can trip you up (especially if you’re working with detergents!). To help you choose the right method to “simply” measure your protein, […]

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6 Common Lab Uses of Detergents

Detergents are all around us in the lab – and that’s a good thing! Thanks to their chemical structure, detergents can solubilize and interact with many types of molecules, making them vital to research. To show you why detergents are such a good thing for scientists, we’ll go through six examples in molecular biology where […]

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In Basic Lab Skills & Know-how 16th of March, 2015
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Know Your PPE – Face Protection

Like all PPE, goggles and face shields are your last line of defense against the many lab hazards that may hurt you. But not all goggles and face shields are equal! To help you keep safe and sound, we’ll review the most common types of eye and face protection in the lab, and give you […]

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In Lab Safety 18th of February, 2015
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Guard Yourself with Our Guide to Gloves

                  We scientists wear them all the time, but have you ever stopped to ask: what good are gloves? Why are there so many kinds? And what happens when you put one straight into liquid nitrogen?                   Gloves protect your skin (and often the rest of you) from […]

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In Lab Safety 26th of January, 2015
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Let’s Dish About Soaps: A General Overview of Detergents

What do cell lysis, clean dishes, and gallbladders all have in common? Answer: detergents! These useful chemicals can solubilize fats and other proteins in water. They are the key to applications as varied as lysing cell membranes, extracting DNA, and solubilizing proteins for gel electrophoresis. To help you understand these important chemicals, we provide a […]

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In Basic Lab Skills & Know-how 3rd of November, 2014
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Ten Non-Chemical Lab Hazards and What They Do to You!

Your lab is full of non-chemical hazards that can explode, stab, kill, and – as if that wasn’t enough – bite.  Here’s a list of those hazards to remind you why Environmental Health & Safety exists! 1.  Centrifuges Centrifuges are dangerous, especially when not cared for!  An unmaintained ultracentrifuge imploded in an American lab in […]

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In Lab Statistics & Math 11th of August, 2014
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How to Switch Mentors, Part 3: Actually Switching – Is it Worth it?

Grad school is a big investment of your time, with a lot riding on a successful relationship with your mentor.  Unfortunately, you may have realized that the relationship is not working and resists improvement.  You’ve taken the steps to switch to a new mentor. Now comes the hardest part. What do you actually say to […]

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In Survive & Thrive 9th of June, 2014
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How to Switch Mentors, Part 2: Planning and Preparing to Switch

Much of your success and happiness in grad school depends on an effective relationship with your mentor.  Despite your best efforts, sometimes the first relationship doesn’t work out, and you need to switch mentors to succeed in your program.  But how do you prepare to change mentors mid-PhD? Step 1: Write it all down Before […]

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In Survive & Thrive 14th of May, 2014
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How to Switch Mentors, Part 1: Recognizing Red Flags

Grad school is a long, hard, long, time-consuming, and–wait for it–long process. A bad relationship with your primary mentor can make it worse, and may even drive you away from a science career.  Unfortunately, you often can’t spot incompatibility until you’ve spent time with a mentor and lab.  Even then, how do you tell the […]

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In Survive & Thrive 7th of May, 2014