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Archives for July, 2008

Waiting for updates …

My iPod has been a great addition to my life. I use it to listen to podcasts and audiobooks on my half-hour walks, to and from work. But recently two of my favorite items have gone into suspended animation.

As a scientist, I traffic in data, ideas, models and theories. I spend a lot of time thinking about how the whole process works. And many scientists and science philosophers have thought about this as well. One inescapable fact: humans tend to duck, deny and fool themselves into believing certain ideas even when data points…

Now that I have a good chunk of time where I’m not scheduled to run off to some distant land for vacation or to give some talk, I have decided to work extra hard. Right now I’m incubating my samples. This post is the result of me killing that time. I want to bring up…

I have a favour to ask of all of you. Go and fill in SciLink’s Tree of Science (you’ll have to sign up to SciLink first). Why? Well it is very interesting to see how different scientists are connected. And on top of that we can settle a longstanding dispute – what is the appropriate…

Dent, I’ve found you!

If you are a postdoc or a junior faculty in the biomedical sciences, you have probably seen this infamous cartoon by Dent: Yesterday I was talking with my good pal Dan and we were discussing a few other great pieces by Dent. After that conversation, I did what anyone else would do, I Googled the…

The Trip Part V – Iceland

We were planning to head to Europe so when I discovered that the cheapest tickets were being offered by Icelandair, I jumped on it. Why? I have always wanted to visit this mystic land and Icelandair lets you have a free stopover for up to a week. I highly recommend that you do this once…

I’ve sign into yet another sciency LinkedIn type site. This time it’s Epernicus. I’ve had a good look at the site, it’s about on par with SciLink with some exceptions. 1) The scientific genealogy application on SciLink is much better then that on the Epernicus site. Why? You can extensively modify the tree beyond your…

Notes from Kindergarten

A friend of mine just sent this to me (for the record, he’s a structure biologist, i.e. he studies the structure of proteins and other biological molecules): My kid had a screen session with a school administrator for his kindergarten today. Following are some answers he came up with: Teacher: “What is your favorite activity?”…

Science career as a video game?

Inspired by a conversation with Awesome Mike. Your science career, what type of video game is it? At times it might resemble a labyrinth full of demons that you must slay. (Or maybe it’s like Grand Theft Auto? Well since I’ve never played that game nor Halo, I’ll stick to the metaphorical game that’s running…

The Trip Part IV – Bavaria

After Paris we flew to Munich on Airberlin (20 Euros per ticket, 50 Euros after taxes and airport fees.) There we met up with some former colleagues (Julia and Michael) and a current member of the Rapoport Lab (Briana) who will be leaving us soon to start her own lab in the MCB department at…