Tumblr’s starting to develop this really disturbing habit of calling anyone who screws up in an interpersonal relationship “abusive.”
Which. No. No, guys, that word means something very important, especially in the context of friends, lovers, and family. It describes deliberate actions taken to control the behavior of another, not the occasional emotional screw-up or unconscious personality flaw.
Please stop using it to mean, “character who did things I disagree with.” That’s bad of you.
Guys. Guys. It has come to my attention that not everyone in science tumblr knows about ResearchGate. This… this must change.
You know Academia.edu? ResearchGate is the professional academic’s version of Academia.edu. It’s a bit like someone sifted out only the good parts of LinkedIn and Academia.edu, and distilled it into the ideal science social network.
ResearchGate allows you to upload your own papers (and tells you whether or not it is legal to do so), access the papers other researchers have uploaded, request papers from other researchers if they haven’t uploaded them (saving you agonising and awkward emails!), keeps track of your overall impact factor (basically the sum of all of your publication impact factors) as well as a ResearchGate score that is somewhat more comprehensive, and even how often people are viewing and downloading your publications, allows your colleagues to endorse you for various skills, and so on and so forth!
No, they’re not paying me to say this. I fell in love with ResearchGate as soon as I started using it. I genuinely believe this is one of the most valuable websites any academic can have access to right now, and so many people are missing out on it. So I heartily encourage you to sign up!
(Note: you can only sign up if you have an academic email account. You can connect it to facebook later to log in more easily, but they want to know you’re a real researcher. You can request an account without an academic email, but you might not get it)
If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos
And so we quote and quote and quote and quote scientists and authors and painters and musicians and historians, until we are disgusted by it, and then forget we can create our own words, concepts and ideas as well.
Harvard University and XVIVO have released this video of the inner workings of a cell. This is the most detailed and accurate depiction of proteins inside a cell that’s ever been made. Amazing stuff. Love seeing the jittery movements. These are slowed down so we can see what’s going on.
“Tell me you love me, come back and haunt me. Oh and I rush to the start. Running in circles, chasing our tails, coming back as we are. Nobody said it was easy, it’s such a shame for us to part. Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be so hard…I’m going back to the start.”
When I first listened to Condos I fell in love with this monologue. I loved the words, the delivery, everything. It’s perfectly imperfect. So I made a door poster thingy - obviously not for sale or anything, just an experiment in designing something fueled by my love of Carlos the Scientist and this podcast.