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  • Hunting Unicorns Part II
    twist Violent video games AI cryptology and the Feds what more could you want Christmas escapism searching for CP Snow LabLit chats with Anna Ziegler Summer reading LabLit com will be ten years old on 7 March 2015 Lab Twitterati Links LabLit home Categories Comics Drugs Essays Fiction Films Guest post Lab LabLit Meta Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6

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  • Hunting unicorns – Henry Gee
    old on 7 March 2015 Lab Twitterati Links LabLit home Categories Comics Drugs Essays Fiction Films Guest post Lab LabLit Meta Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8

    Original URL path: http://blogs.lablit.com/2013/09/hunting-unicorns-henry-gee/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Lab glitterati
    Lab LabLit Meta Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org Lab glitterati September 20th 2009 by Jenny in Films

    Original URL path: http://blogs.lablit.com/2009/09/lab-glitterati/ (2016-04-26)
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  • On the roof
    January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org On the roof August 26th 2009 by rpg in Films Earlier today I hugged Eva goodbye and she set off for London Bridge thence Gatwick and eventually one hopes Tronno She was in London for many reasons not just to see me and exchange Tweets while seated in my kitchen about 12 feet away from where I am now I m staying with Richard and am currently watching him edit a video of interviews he did on Friday night Unless you ve been on holiday living under a rock you ll probably have heard of the conference with no name Science Online London see last year s account and debrief This event which seems to be irrevocably associated in people s mind with the Borg another Science Online conference in the US took place last Saturday And you can read all about that in various places to which I m not going to link because I can t be arsed Well you could check out the twitter hashtag or Friendfeed sorry Eva room I guess Actually Brian Kelly has an interesting take on preserving all the backchat from the conference and Dave Passport what passport Munger talks about Second Life Where was I Oh yes But the major reason for Eva flying to London was I like to think for something that was numerically smaller far more significant in terms of impact fun catering sociability alcohol consumed

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  • Industrial dis-ease
    limited by lack of a grant Or why is there a drive to create improve commercial relationships between academic research and companies I m not cynical please But I am realistic Industry has the ability to drive science faster and more efficiently than the current academic condition It s sad but true nonetheless Industry will restrict my scientific freedom That s a common fear And not unfounded depending on how you define freedom If you mean I won t get to work on whatever I want then you re right Industry works with pipelines which are simply VERY big Gantt charts There is no other way Yours will be a crucial yet relatively small piece in a project of mind boggling proportions whether early on identifying potential targets or towards the end carrying out quality control or characterization work on developed products you are inevitably part of a larger and pretty well defined team that extends both ways into the distance There is no my project in industry and that s mostly what academics find unpalatable Teamwork is crucial Interaction is crucial Communication of both success and failure is crucial Transparency is crucial Seeking help and advice is crucial The measures of success are diametrically different Individualism will only hamper you You watch your corner pass on the baton and prepare for the next thing coming at you That won t appeal to everyone and that s fine But it s a work process that constantly challenges technical and mental skills develops adaptability and is more often than not far more scientifically exciting than the isolation that often marks academic research for my postdoc I spent two years working alone in a cell culture lab I m thankful for mp3 players If anything you develop a vastly wider technical knowledge If on the other hand you mean I ll be a robot and no one will care for my ideas I can flat out tell you that s not true In my industrial experience ideas and contributions are asked for welcomed and appreciated I d say more than in academia where money and that s the way we ve always done it dominate most labs In industry it s fair to say that employees are actively encouraged to make things more efficient for obvious reasons Industry is obsessed with going by the book And rightly so unless you want the next paracetamol you pop to kill you The pharmaceutical industry makes stuff that goes in your bodies to make you better That means that everything it does prior to that must be held up to independent and very high standards especially in the development phase of the pipeline where consistency and robustness are of critical importance and in which lab aren t they Lab books are not creative art projects Data can t be fudged Work cannot be communicated in an arcane unintelligible language understood only by me myself and mine Protocols have to be clear precise detailed and comprehensive

    Original URL path: http://blogs.lablit.com/2011/03/industrial-dis-ease/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Is there life after science?
    lack of wind I know like most scientists I ve been there and back More than once Which raises the question one I have asked myself many times and for many different reasons at what point do you call it quits At what point do you say Wow I actually can t do this anymore not because of science but because of the business of science Scientists are a peculiar breed and we ought to be glad for it No matter how heroically we try to communicate our arcane trade to the public and rightly so we will always stand a bit apart from popular embrace Why Just add up the hours you ve spent in some cold lonely white room and it ll tell you something Obsessing over some fluorescent colours at 3 AM on a weekend is not normal for the rest of the world Blu tacking pictures of cells over your family desk photo does not fall in the middle of the world s bell shape curve I doubt it even falls at the edges Oh you know what a bell shaped curve is Guess who doesn t We do it cos we love it But the numbers say that most of us simply won t be able to do it What then I m all for fighting it But as an old soldier I know that there comes a critical point in every fight when the fight isn t worth it anymore it s not as they say cost effective Too few papers Too few ahem good papers Not enough postdoc experience Too much postdoc experience Too few places Too young Too old And of course that never abetting curse no money So at the risk of demoralizing everyone again I just wanted to ask when the music ends how do scientists go out With a bang or a whimper Do they bow out or something less graceful And of course what can they do when they have shuffled off the mortal coat 7 Comments Tideliar 1 Comment permalink February 1st 2011 at 19 55 I went out with a bang I fought my mentor to get out of his lab once I realized the jig was up I went to the Office of Research and spoke with the Vice Chancellor and asked for help That got me an internship in admin which I turned into a postdoc which i fought to get funded so it became a staff position and now well we ll see but there are even more options on my horizon deciding when to turn away is impossible for anyone but you to judge but when you realise your dance is up you need to fight tooth and claw for your next step Think about your options think about your skills identify your weaknesses and bolster your CV no one cares that you do a mean western blot They care that you can commnicate multi task fine focus broad thinking etc And

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  • That empty hole in your life…
    ten years old on 7 March 2015 Lab Twitterati Links LabLit home Categories Comics Drugs Essays Fiction Films Guest post Lab LabLit Meta Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org That empty hole in your life January 20th 2012 by Jenny in Lab might be me It s my last day in this lab Like the good citizen I am I have tried to remove all traces myself and make space for my eventual replacement in this itinerant dance that science policy folks like to call the Churn I ve handed over important or useful stuff and thrown the rest away except for a few lost pockets of grey area in between which join the hundreds of other piles

    Original URL path: http://blogs.lablit.com/2012/01/that-empty-hole-in-your-life/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes: Is it lab lit?
    LabLit Meta Podcasts Reviews Students Uncategorized Video Wide world Archives Archives Select Month March 2016 1 January 2016 2 December 2015 1 October 2015 1 June 2015 1 February 2015 2 January 2015 1 December 2014 1 October 2014 1 September 2014 1 June 2014 1 April 2014 1 March 2014 2 February 2014 1 January 2014 2 December 2013 1 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 September 2013 2 August 2013 1 July 2013 1 April 2013 1 January 2013 1 December 2012 3 July 2012 1 May 2012 1 March 2012 1 January 2012 1 November 2011 1 October 2011 1 September 2011 1 August 2011 1 July 2011 1 June 2011 2 May 2011 4 April 2011 2 March 2011 2 February 2011 3 January 2011 1 December 2010 2 November 2010 3 October 2010 2 September 2010 3 August 2010 14 July 2010 6 June 2010 4 May 2010 6 April 2010 5 March 2010 3 February 2010 3 January 2010 6 December 2009 5 November 2009 5 October 2009 10 September 2009 14 August 2009 8 Admin Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes Is it lab lit October 5th 2014 by Jenny in LabLit Reviews When I was in junior high school back in Ohio Flowers for Algernon was one of the set texts for English class I have a very strong memory of being very saddened by the novel and in my head I still get it mixed up with Steinbeck s Of Mice and Men probably because they had similar protagonists and I had to read it at around the same time But I never thought about the science in the novel as it would be many more years before I started being obsessed by

    Original URL path: http://blogs.lablit.com/2014/10/flowers-for-algernon-by-daniel-keyes-is-it-lab-lit/ (2016-04-26)
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