Hi. My name’s Belle. And I’m a recovering postdoc.
Maybe you think it will never happen to you. You were a successful graduate student. You got along with your dissertation adviser and your committee members. Your project progressed, and when it was stalled, you had something else to work on. You worked, you published, you defended, and you moved to the postdoc position of your dreams.
Then one day–maybe three, six, nine months later–you wake up to find that the dream is a distant memory. You are tired, angry, bitter, depressed… You have turned into the disgruntledoc that you swore you’d never become.
Something to keep in mind this winter… Thank you Benchfly
I don’t have time to write this up properly, but its too awesome not to share.
A theoretical physicist is postulating that a crystal could be made which rotates in space infinitely without energy. He is drawing a relationship between the finite coordinates in which a molecule can reside in a crystal and hypothetically finite ‘time coordinate’s in which the crystal structure could exist. The implication would be a sort of perpetual motion machine but on an impractical scale, and would totally defy the current theories on physics. Just read it.
Male scientists aren’t known for being the most ‘manly’ of men and it is my suspicion that it was not strictly an interest in human sexual selection that motivated this study…
The idea was simple, get a bunch of guys and take pictures of them as their facial hair progressed from ‘Baby Face’ to ‘Grizzly Adams’. Then have a bunch of people rate each image on attractiveness and other perceptions. Careful analysis of the results should tell the average guy the how much facial hair to grow to attract the average lady. It should likewise tell us stubbly-challenged researchers how disadvantaged we are, thereby helping us gauge on what level of desperation we need to operate.
The results? Not good for us baby-facers… The difference between Baby-Face and the Short Stubble ‘Sully’ look (RE: Dr. Quinn) was marginal in most cases, with the exception that more facial hair tended to correlate with higher masculinity across the board. Damn. More hair also trended with better perceived parenting skills, which makes some sense if you assume facial hair also trends with physical and mental maturity (it doesn’t).
On the ‘Attractivness’ scale the models over all scored dismally low. That’s what happens when you use yourself as a data point in your own project… However, assuming that the general ugliness of the models didn’t skew the study, it seems that ‘Heavy Stubble’ Wolf-man was rated the most attractive. So, the short stubble look that is so popular right now is off my at least 5 millimeters maybe 10, at least among the women studied (which may or may not have included the scientists’ Moms).
The bottom line? I’m glad that my beautiful bride hates facial hair of any kind. She’s an outlier, thank goodness. Otherwise I’d have to invest in a lot of Rogaine for my face and spend a lot more in razors than my current thrice weekly shave currently requires.
Thanks ScienceNow for reaffirming our fears
Those who follow my blog may have noticed a slow-down in post frequency. Truthfully I’ve been working on my writing, just not the creative kind. For my next career move I need to write a grant application based off of this paper. The deadline is in less than two weeks and I’m cramming to get it all together. I shouldn’t even be writing this, but I check my own site compulsively and am getting bored seeing the same image every time.
The original paper suggests that the spine transmits information in response to damage that affects regenerating tail shape. This is evidenced by how tail shape goes wrong when there are competing damage signals from the spine as depicted above. The implication here is that the information of tail and shape is actually generated and transmitted by the central nervous system (CNS). In my proposal we are planning to take control of the CNS signaling and see if we can control regenerating tail shape and understand how that information is transmitted.
Off the hook science FTW.
A while back I made this video showing off my portable lunix Ubuntu set up. I love the freedom and flexibility in the interface. Its a shame they had to go and change it. I’m probably going to make the switch to linux Mint eventually here.
‘Franken-Tadpoles’ See With Eyes on Their Backs – ScienceNOW
I’m going to be working for this lab in a few months.
No seriously, I’m doing my postdoc in this lab as soon as I defend my thesis. I can’t wait!
My project will be on tadpole tail regeneration as modified by the nervous system.