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Managing the minions...

Just a quick poll the audience question.  Our lab is getting some summer interns in a few months and was just wondering how everyone distributes them (to grad students, postdocs, techs) and what kind of projects do you give them (plug and play, extra stuff in the lab nobody has time to do but may […]

Sorry Natinals fans....

I kind of felt bad today, poor Gio Gonzalez got beat up more than people's 401k's back in 2009.

Scientopia will now have sponsored content by Ken Ham!

Just fucking with you, unless that dude can drop some big checks. Happy April 1st.  Now get back to work.

Suggestions please....reviewers

Our lab is starting to churn out some good papers and we hope to submit about 6 of them for publication by the end of the year.  I was just wondering what everyone's strategy is for suggesting reviewers?  Do you go with people who have seen your work at meetings who are favorable to it? […]


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What's the difference between a good poster and a great one?

Neither do I?  At least in my present state of delirium. I don't even know exactly what time it is in the early morning as I am finishing my poster layout for the Gordon Research Conference that starts this weekend.  If you will be in Ventura, CA, I'll see you there.  If not, I can […]

Science with an eye on the bottom line...

Echoing PLS's post about budgetary complexities, we have to keep an eye on the expenses in our lab too as our funding has seriously tightened up.  I look at experiments and see the data that it generates but I'm also thinking more and more what is the price tag for that data.  And like PLS […]

Winter Olympics

Is anyone watching the winter Olympics?  I've been watching some of the ice skating and both men's and women's hockey.  At many of the events it appears as if the stands may be less than half full, I don't know if its a measure of the events or the lack of tourism influx in these […]

On the Distribution of Traits

In Before the Dawn, Nicholas Wade writes: The first cities started springing up in southern Mesopotamia [Iraq] some 6,000 years ago … As societies became more intricate, their operations demanded … more specialized cognitive abilities. The invention of writing around...

Income inequality due to talent inequality

Income inequality has become such a hotly debated issue that even President Obama gave a speech about it. The fact is, in the US, the top 10% of income earners control 75% of the wealth. The two obvious questions are:...

Science's greatest unsolved mystery - The missing heritability problem

I believe the missing heritability problem is currently science's biggest unsolved mystery. Here's why: Scientists have been engaged in twin studies for many decades, in which they compared identical twins (with identical DNA) with fraternal twins ( with non-identical DNA,...

Hallmark Cards for Scientists

After having chatted with a few friends this week about their success and failures, I think the Hallmark corporation needs to come out with a greeting card line for scientists, with cards such as: -Sorry your grant got triaged. -Congratulations on your publication. -Fuck Reviewer #3. -Way to go, your NRSA got picked up!

The problem with Conservatives and Happiness

There's a new, disturbing trend among Conservative think tanks. In order to downplay the corrosive implications and effects of "equal opportunity" (i.e. the rich are getting richer, and the top 10% now control 75% of the wealth), they are promoting...

Happy Festivus

Break out the Festivus Pole its time for the annual Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength. "Festivus for the rest of us!"

How to be a successful graduate student...unfiltered

I'm going to author a book called how to succeed in graduate school. The entirety of my self-help advice will consist of this scrawled onto a taco bell wrapper. Step 1: Shut the fuck up and listen! Step 2: Are you fucking paying attention? Step 3: Ask questions, even if you fear that we'll think […]

Analysis of reader comments on genetics and exam scores

An article in the Guardian about a recent scientific study that shows a strong link between genetics and exam scores provides a treasure trove of findings, not in the science behind it, but in the nearly 1,000 reader comments. The.....

A theory of how the brain works

Here are two seemingly unrelated facts: Some songbirds can sing without learning the song from other birds, while other songbirds need to hear the song first. A long series of random numbers can be uniquely identified by just the first...

Boris Johnson is right

London's mayor, Boris Johnson, got himself in hot water last week with the following politically incorrect remark: Like it or not, the free market economy is the only show in town.... No one can ignore the harshness of that...

Endings & beginnings

Until further notice this is my last post as a blogger at Discover Magazine. This shouldn’t impact regular readers. As always you can follow me by going to: My feed, My Twitter, More Summary

The total information world

Happy Thanksgiving (if you are an American)! It’s been a busy few days in the world of personal genomics. By coincidence I have a coauthored comment in Genome Biology out, Rumors of the death of consumer genomics are greatly exaggerated (it was written and submitted a while back). Show More Summary

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