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MTAfucknuttery!

Andy Deans (@GenomeStability), a researcher at St. Vincent's University that studies the DNA repair genes related to Fanconi anemia and just a really nice guy, posted this week on twitter about a crazy MTA that he received from someone when trying to obtain a plasmid from them.  This MTA is so nuts I just had […]

Slow, Slower, Slowest

Slow-My minute per mile pace Slower-My metabolism Slowest-Yankees/Red Sox Game   Its still the fourth inning!

Conservatives, gym douchebags, and bullying...

I think everyone has a fair idea of which area of the political spectrum I park my ass at, and I'm fairly apathetic to political ploys and bickering to a point.  I have to say I'm quite disappointed with Conservatives that are lambasting the photos and videos of the president working out.  Sean Hannity of […]

Publishing update

I'm currently shopping my manuscript at journal #4...  You know what they don't say, 4th time is the charm.

Taking the sting out of rejection

First off, I don't want to hear any OA bullshit.  I know everyone has a bone for OA journals right now but the best thing for my career and my boss currently is to publish in glam  journals.  In a utopian society I'd tell CNS to go drink paint thinner and jump off a high […]

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? […]

Moved

Moved -> you should be redirected shortly !

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!"

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