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My Year in a Picture

Two great interviews with Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer, two philosophers of science. CBC Ideas – Interview with Simon Schaffer on Leviathan and the Air Pump CBC Ideas – Interview with Steven Shapin on how science and truth are derived from social interactions within the scientific community If you like these interviews, visit CBC Ideas…

There’s a battle going on out there. A battle for trust. Do you get the H1N1 vaccine? Is global warming true? Will you go to hell? Is the free market the best way to run an economy? How to answer these questions? The conventional wisdom is that all members of our society should get informed.…

I’m siting at my breakfast table when I read this in the NY Times science section: Dissection Begins on Famous Brain The man who could not remember has left scientists a gift that will provide insights for generations to come: his brain, now being dissected and digitally mapped in exquisite detail. The man, Henry Molaison…

NIH Grants by Age

The graph is from Are there too many PhDs? at Mendeley Blog In the U.S., we are constantly hearing about how the country is falling behind in science. We need more scientists to fill all of those jobs we want to create. And the cure to that is to fund more PhD programs! Yet, when…

A small sense of accomplishment

Last week was demo week here at the Palazzo lab. Both Zeiss and Nikon dropped off their latest equipment and we had the chance to image some RNA. In addition we finally completed some badly needed lab renovations and as a result had an operation tissue culture area. I went ahead and transfected COS7 cells…

Map that Campus L

This week we have a special edition of Map that Campus. A few weeks ago I I wrote about my new voyage on the HMS Palazzo Lab. Well the resident of this campus had some advice on this topic: In a moral point of view, the effect ought to be, to teach him good-humoured patience,…

After a frantic couple of weeks, the lab seems to be finally coming together. This afternoon I sat down and started to peruse the past few issues of Cell Science, Nature, JCB, PLoS etc. and a few of the blogs that I like to check out. And then I read this strange article in the…

Scientific Careers and Job Security

From Study Finds Science Pipeline Strong, But Losing Top Students, Science 30 October 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5953, p. 654 A new study finds little evidence for leaks in the U.S. pipeline for producing native-born scientists except for a steep drop in the percentage of the highest performing students taking science and engineering jobs. The…

Olympus BioScapes 2009 Winners

Like Nikon, microscopes manufacturer Olympus has a yearly microscopy photo competition, this years winners are up. First place: Dr. Jan Michels Christian-Albrechts-University, Institute of Zoology Kiel, Germany Specimen: Daphnia atkinsoni (Water Flea) Technique: Confocal laser scanning microscopy For more go to the Olympus BioScapes 2009 Winners Gallery