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The kinks continue to get ironed out one by one after our massive migration. Most of the major problems are happening on the backend, and are likely invisible to you guys (except for the fact that some typically prolific posters have slowed down a bit), but there are a couple of things that I’ve noticed…

New Year’s Resolution: Blogging

My birthday was last week, which means I get a whole new chance to set some New Year’s resolutions. My regular readers (all 3 of you) might have noticed a serious dearth of posting lately. I have many excuses: 1) I’m (hopefully) coming up on my last year as a PhD student, and I’m in…

Open Laboratory 2013

If you’ve been reading science blogs for a while, you probably know about Open Laboratory. It’s a yearly anthology of the best science blog writing on the internet. And the submission form is now open (there’s a handy little badge in the left sidebar too). If you appreciate the stuff that I do here, please…

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone

A song about that creepy-uppy kind of love

World go Boom

The thing I like most about this mashup is that it’s superficially just a mashup of the most popular music of 2011, but it also manages to be a statement on some of the most important events of 2011: the protests from Egypt and Libya to OWS Maybe it’s hard We will never be never…

Last chance to help out with Movember!

Here it is, the last day of Movember – a charity initiative to raise money for men’s health. *1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime *A man is diagnosed with prostate cancer every 2.2 minutes *1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime *Men are…

Nobel controversy update

Back in October, I wrote about the bittersweet nature of this year’s Nobel in Physiology or Medicine. On the one hand, it was given for early discoveries in the field of innate immunity – my field! On the other hand, it was given to a scientist that many* feel is undeserving of the honor, while…

Ladies – Do your part for Movember

I’m a little late with this video: Yes, I know the actual day has passed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the rest of the month count. And guys, you don’t have to feel left out, even if you don’t have a mustache – check out my Movember page, see my luxurious mustache (it’s…

Monday’s announcement for the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine should have been a happy occasion for my lab. On the one hand, it was given for early discoveries in the field of innate immunity – my field! On the other hand, it was given to a scientist that many* feel is undeserving of the…

Reflections on the past

I got this e-mail from the president of my school yesterday: Dear Members of the Harvard Community: Starting this October, Harvard will celebrate its 375th birthday. Such milestones encourage us to reflect on our institution’s remarkable past–to remember that all we aspire to today finds inspiration in the creativity and commitment of those who have…