Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mikado, level: pro.

Mikado, level: pro. Anyone?

(thx, Andrej, for sharing this)


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

How to Make Comics Sound Like Science

Another one of #canidothistypeofresearchtoo papers.

“The year is 50 B.C. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely ... one small village of the indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. And life is not easy for the Roman legionaries who garrison the fortified camps of Totorum, Aquarium, Laudanum and Compendium ... .”

Roman nationality, hypoglossal paresis, lost helmet, and ingestion of the magic potion by the aggressor were significantly correlated with severe initial impairment of consciousness.

Were any Gauls given a placebo potion against which the medical efficacy of the supposedly active potion might have been measured? A double-blind test would surely have been appropriate here.

~ MJ

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Let's skip the meeting

Today's resolution: skip at least one meeting every day for the next two weeks. Watch what happens.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Research Life in Pictures

After the meeting with advisor:
Debugging your own code:
Attending a lecture:
Attending a talk suggested by your advisor:
Experiment succeeds:
Advisor on leave:
Semester ends:
Paper accepted:
Experiment fails:
Why did I choose this advisor?:
Before exam:
Failure in comprehensive exam:
Paper rejected:
Advisor praises:
Everyone else goes for a trek and you have to stay back:
7th year of PhD:
Review comments on the final report asking you to rewrite 3

chapters and add 2 new:

Monday, February 17, 2014

Chuck Norris Facts - the Biology Edition part II

Part I is available here!

Chuck Norris misunderstood the meaning of "Defending his PhD." 72 people died.

Chuck Norris doesn't feed his cultures, they run on fear. ...

Chuck Norris doesn't use buffers, he just tells the pH to stay.

Chuck Norris can read papers without looking at them.

Chuck Norris' tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.

There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.

Little known medical fact: Chuck Norris invented the Caesarean section when he roundhouse kicked his way out of his monther's womb.

The chemical formula for the highly toxic cyanide ion is CN. These are also Chuck Norris' initials. This is not a coincidence.

Chuck invented the chicken and the egg at the same time to prove Charles Darwin wrong.

Chuck Norris makes proteins tell him who their binding partner is.

Chuck Norris mouth pipettes ether. While smoking a cigar.

Chuck Norris made HEK cells immortal.

Chuck Norris Doesnt get cancer he tells his cells when to divide.

Chuck Norris doesn't need ethanol to precipitate DNA. He simply roundhouse kicks the tube.

Chuck Norris has his own impact factor.

There are five biosecurity levels for labs - S1, S2, S3, S4 and Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris' papers are exempt from peer-review, as there simply are no peers of Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris has counted to infinite number...twice

Extinction is simply the result of animals pissing off Chuck Norris; just look at what happened to the dinosaurs.

When chuck norris wants to work under anaerobic conditions, he just tells the oxygen to stay away from the samples.

There used to be life on Mars until Chuck Norris got there and killed everything.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!

You can see the last year's Valentines cards here, here and here.

Girl: "I can't be your valentine for medical reasons." Boy: "Really?" Girl: "Yeah, you make me sick!" 

Have a nice weekend!


Thursday, February 13, 2014