Author Archives: Editor-in-Commandant

Mathematics of science acumen and douchiness

We seem to tolerate a lot of bullshit behavior from Great Minds. This got me thinking… What is the mathematical relationship between science acumen and douchiness?  My analysis of the data has revealed the following…

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BMJ’s seasonal shenanigans

BMJ, which insists on pulling a KFC, has been in operation for a long damn time. This journal focuses on health and medical things – SERIOUS STUFF. Every month, SERIOUS STUFF. January, Febuary, March, April, May, June – you get … Continue reading

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House of Academia

1. Why we do research 2. Why we bust our asses grading papers 3. Why we don’t offer partial credit 4. Our pep talk to students after that bad exam/presentation/report 5. Post-grant submission, pre-grant decision 6. Looking at a room full … Continue reading

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Scientific Publishing Flowchart!

After @ChemBark‘s investigations into A Disturbing Note in a Recent SI File and Some VERY Suspicious TEM Images in Nano Letters, plus the recent “unfortunate remark” left in the main body of a paper, we thought a Scientific Publishing Flowchart was in order! … Continue reading

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Human Resources would like to clarify something for you

  Human Resources Any Company* With Any Damn Sense Any City, Anywhere Dear Colleagues, We have received some questions about appropriate employee gatherings on the premises after an email from an outside vendor describing ’Sex Toy After Work Parties’ was received company-wide … Continue reading

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NIST announces new time standard

BOULDER, Colo. — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that a new clock, called NIST-RD, will replace the atomic clock NIST-F2.  While NIST-F2 uses the natural resonance frequency of the cesium atom to define a … Continue reading

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A #lionfish gif tale

__________ Gif sources:  X-files   Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto  Honey Boo-Boo Karen Walker   these gifs were tweeted by me last night

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Feynman Excuses Bingo!

This is a special guest post from @AstroKatie and @DrMRFrancis d After Ash “The Curious Wavefunction” Jogalekar wrote a mostly-good-before-veering-into-WTF-territory post on Dr. Richard Feynman, a few of us took the time to patiently explain exactly what was so dickish … Continue reading

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Look, I’m just trying to help

So, you’ve realized you’ve got some privilege.  Perhaps you’re male. Or white. Or heterosexual. Or Christian. Or highly educated. Or rich. Maybe you’re even a white male immune to hurt feelings. Whateves. You’ve recognized you’ve got some privilege and you’ve … Continue reading

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4 chemicals that can seriously f*ck you up (or save your life)

1. warfarin (aka “coumadin”) Found in: Rat poison Also found in: medicine that could save your motherfucking life This chemical helps prevents blood clots from forming. WHAT THE WHAT?” you might me saying, “I need to clot so I don’t … Continue reading

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