Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Running the lab

I have been so busy in the last few days, I feel like Im running all the time:-). I don't have anay time for drawing. So here is another cartoon from a very cool blog Biocomicals. Check it out if you haven't already.


Monday, January 30, 2012

Under Pressure!

This is to cute. I just have to post it here.

Im not sure where this is originally from. Let me know if you happen to know. I found it here.


R&D Gift Pack

Thanks to AV for sharing this:-)


Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Diet Hazard

Handle as if capable of adding pounds:-) lol, love this.

Another one of Sigma's chocolates.



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Marriage vs the PhD


Heaven and Hell

doctor, an engineer, and a fungal taxonomist arrived at the heavens gates.

The doctor said how he'd healed the sick, helped the lame; but he was a sinner and was sent to Hell.

The engineer told how he'd built homes for the homeless, etc.; but he messed up the environment, so he was sent to Hell.

The fungal taxonomist was frightened by all this, but as soon as he mentioned his occupation, God said "You've already been thru Hell, welcome to Heaven."


Monday, January 23, 2012

You know you´re ...

... a physics student

  • if you have no life - and you can PROVE it mathematically (lol, the best one).
  • if you know vector calculus but you can't remember how to do long division.
  • if you chuckle whenever anyone says "centrifugal force."
  • if you've actually used every single function on your graphing calculator.
  • if it is sunny and 70 degrees outside, and you are working on a computer.
  • if you frequently whistle the theme song to "MacGyver."
  • if you know how to integrate a chicken and can take the derivative of water.
  • if you think in "math."
  • if you've calculated that the World Series actually diverges.
  • if you hesitate to look at something because you don't want to break down its wave function.
  • if you have a pet named after a scientist.
  • if you laugh at jokes about mathematicians.
  • if the Humane society has you arrested because you actually performed the Schrodinger's Cat experiment.
  • if you can translate English into Binary.
  • if you can't remember what's behind the door in the science building which says "Exit."
  • if you have to bring a jacket with you, in the middle of summer, because there's a wind-chill factor in the lab.
  • If you are completely addicted to caffeine.
  • if you avoid doing anything because you don't want to contribute to the eventual heat-death of the universe.
  • if you consider ANY non-science course "easy."
  • if when your professor asks you where your ppaper is, you claim to have accidentally determined its momentum so precisely, that according to Heisenberg it could be anywhere in the universe.
  • if the "fun" center of your brain has deteriorated from lack of use.
  • if you'll assume that a "horse" is a "sphere" in order to make the math easier.
  • if any sentence starting with the word "consider ..." makes you want to smash your head into a wall.
  • if you get rage attacks when watching films and the physics doesnt make sense ... cue: "Star Wars, I love you, but how would you actually SEE a laser bullet?!"
  • if you can't talk to "normal" people outside your course/job without feeling the overwhelming urge to talk about electrons.
  • if you can fill an entire notepad with notes without writing an actual word.
  • if you call hills "inclined planes".
  • if you laugh at all the chemists who say they 'understand' quantum mechanics. In fact, you just laugh at all chemists in general.
  • if your friends constantly ask you if you understand things. This ranges from cloud to nuclear bombs. Whether you do or don't understand, they're disappointed.
  • if you genuinely wish the world was frictionless, without gravity and that all moving objects were spherical.
  • "Normal" to you means perpendicular.
  • if you know the Greek alphabet better than the English one.
  • if your jokes involve famous physicists, and your chat-up lines contain trigonometry.
  • if you laugh at completely different parts of Big Bang Theory then your friends do.
  • if you get nightmares where you get chased by infinity symbols in your calculations.
  • if you are happy to consider imaginary rotations through Minkowski 4-dimensional space-time, but the opposite sex is definitely TOO complicated.
  • if you make a hard copy of this list, and post it on your door.



Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lab Ratz

Foto: Mojca

                                                                                                                                                          Foto: Mojca  


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Guess What - Challenge no. 5

And here we go again. Another week is over and here is a new riddle for you. This time my guess is as good as yours because I have just received this photo. To me it looks like some kind of lasers, maybe a part of a microscope.

So, what's this?

Foto: Carlos

And if you haven't seen them yet - challenge no. 1 2, 3 and 4.

UPDATE: Guys, you were completely right - it really is a blue tip in the vortex:-)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Why God doesn't have a Ph.D

He had only one major publication.
It was in Hebrew.
It had no references.
It wasn't published in a refereed journal.
Some even doubt he wrote it by himself.
It may be true that he created the world, but what has he done since then
His cooperative efforts have been quite limited.
The scientific community has had a hard time replicating his results.
He never applied to the ethics board for permission to use human subjects
When one experiment went awry he tried to cover it up by drowning his_____subjects
When subjects didn't behave as predicted, he deleted them from the sample
Some say he had his son teach the class.
He expelled his first two students for learning.
He rarely came to class, and he just told students to read the book.
Although there were only 10 requirements, most of his students failed his tests
His office hours were infrequent and usually held on a mountain top.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

An Intracellular Cell

Can you not?

Again from my favorite artist:-)



We could just freeze ourselves and wait for our science to be done...

(source for the comics)


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Late night problems

Has this ever happened to you?

Thanks to my friend M. for sharing his late night problems:-)


Sunday, January 15, 2012


Just to remind you - if you have a joke that you wanna share - send me an email and I will post it here.




My rats

Foto: Mojca

Still without names. I just cant come up with something that would suite them.

Forgot to mention, both are girls:-)


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Guess What - Challenge no. 4

So, tell me what is on this photo?

And let me just add that there are two fluids in the petri dish.

Foto: Mojca

Update: This one was easy, you were right it's Petridish with droplet embryo culture under mineral oil, just without embryos, because it was just a test (and opportunity to take pretty pictures:-))

And check out the answer to the last weeks challenge here.

And if you haven't seen them yet - challenge no. 1 2 and 3.


Friday, January 13, 2012


With great ATP comes great responsibility!

Another one from my favorite artist.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What you end up writing in papers....and what you actually mean part II

Esmeralda (she has a blog) posted this in the comments to this post. I think it deserves a post of its own. 

The author writes:
It is believed.
REALLY means:
I think.

The author writes:
It is generally believed.
REALLY means:
A couple of other guys think so too.

The author writes:
It is not unreasonable to assume.
REALLY means:
If you believe this, you'll believe anything.

The author writes:
Of great theoretical importance.
REALLY means:
I find it kind of interesting.

The author writes:
Of great practical importance.
REALLY means:
I can get some mileage out of it.

The author writes:
The 4 hour sample was not studied.
REALLY means:
I dropped it on the floor.

The author writes:
The 4 hour determination may not be significant.
REALLY means:
I dropped it on the floor, but scooped most of it up.

The author writes:
The significance of these results is unclear.
REALLY means:
Look at the pretty artifact.

The author writes:
It has not been possible to provide definitive answers.
REALLY means:
The experiment was negative, but at least I can publish the data somewhere.

The author writes:
It might be argued that.
REALLY means:
I have such a good answer for that objection that I shall now raise it.

The author writes:
Much additional work will be required.
REALLY means:
This paper is not very good, but neither are all the others in this miserable field.

The author writes:
These investigations proved highly rewarding.
REALLY means:
My grant is going to be renewed.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

Why science goes slowly

Thanks to O. from Portugal for sending me this.


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Guess what - Challenge no. 3

You know what to do - tell me what is on this photo:-)

And if you haven't seen them yet - challenge no. 1 and no. 2.

Foto: Mojca

UPDATE: I really enjoyed reading your answers this week. Most of you said this is some kind of jam. LOL. The truth is a little less tasty - its human fat from liposuction:-)


Friday, January 6, 2012

How to Read (And How Not to Write) a Scientific Paper

A friend of mine just emailed me this. Hits too close to home...

Update: Part II


Thursday, January 5, 2012

When I grow up ...

Just found another cool blog with funny biology comics:-)



Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.

Werner von Braun


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

This is the Place

Another reader contribution. Thanks Carlos!

Listen to the lyrics:-)

This is the place where all 
The junkies go 
Where time gets fast 
But everything gets slow 

Can I get some vaseline 
Step into a modern scene 
Take a chance on that 
Which seems to be 
The making of a dream 

I don't want to do it 
Like my daddy did 
I don't want to give it 
To my baby's kid 

This is my calling
I said my darling
Shocking, appalling
All I can do to you
Hammers are falling
I said my darling
Shocking, appalling
All I can do to you

This is the place where all 
The devils plead 
Their case to take from you 
What they need 
Can I isolate your gene 
Can I kiss your dopamine 
In a way I wonder 
If she's living in a magazine 

I don't want to say it 
If it isn't so 
I don't want to weigh it 
But I've got to know 

This is my calling
I said my darling
Shocking, appalling
All I can do to you
Hammers are falling
I said my darling
Shocking, appalling
All I can do to you

I saw you out there yesterday 
What did you want to say 
A perfect piece of DNA 
Caught in a flashing ray 
I caught you out there in the fray 
What did you want to say 
A master piece of DNA 
Caught in a flashing ray 

Can I smell your gasoline 
Can I pet your wolverine 
On the day my best friend died 
I could not get my cop up clean 

I don't want to take it up 
With little Joe 
I don't want to fake it 
But i've gotta know 

This is my calling
I said my darling
Shocking, appalling
All I can do to you
Hammers are falling
I said my darling
Shocking, appalling
All I can do to you

I am a misfit 
I'm born with all of it 
The fucking ultimate 
Of love inside the atom split 

I'm in a flash ray 
A mash of DNA 
Another poppin' Jay 
Who thinks he's got 
Something to say