7 Relationship Tips for the Love-Starved Grad Student

Relationship Tips for Love Starved Grad Student

This is a guest post by Adam Ruben, PhD—molecular biologist, television host on the Discovery Channel’s “Outrageous Acts of Science,” and author of the book “Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School.” You can read more of Adam Ruben’s work on the JoVE blog here.

So you want to have a relationship while in grad school.  Neat.  That always works out well.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but grad school does to relationships what a meat tenderizer does to a snail.  Read more…

Working Together in the Lab

Image taken from our Science Education video, Mouse Genotyping.

This is a guest post by Adam Ruben, PhD—molecular biologist, television host on the Discovery Channel’s “Outrageous Acts of Science,” and author of the book “Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School.” The opinions expressed are his own.

You can’t spell “collaborate” without “lab.” (You also need the word “borate,” which is a boron-containing oxyanion.)

Sometimes scientific research lends itself to teamwork, which means you have to work with other people—the avoidance of which may be the reason you chose science in the first place.

Here are some tips to help you cooperate, a word you can’t spell without “cooper,” which is a craftsperson who manufactures wooden barrels.  Read more…

When Scientists Get #OverlyHonest

OverlyHonestMethods

This is a guest post by Adam Ruben, PhD—molecular biologist, television host on the Discovery Channel’s “Outrageous Acts of Science,” and author of the book “Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School.” The opinions expressed are his own. 

Like One Direction, light-up shoes, and every Transformers movie, Twitter hashtags are for 13-year olds. But one hashtag in particular recently caught the attention of adult scientists, and it’s a funny one: #OverlyHonestResearchMethods. Read more…

Why Editors of Scientific Publications Go Insane

JoVE Cartoon Angry Internet Comments

By Adam Ruben, PhD—molecular biologist, television host on the Discovery Channel’s “Outrageous Acts of Science,” and author of the book “Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School.”

There are only two sure things in this world: death, and the bile-filled lawlessness of internet Comments sections. For every innocuous scientific article, there are thousands of people with nothing better to do than upload their wacked-out opinions, call each other trolls, and peddle cheap Viagra that doesn’t even work. (I’m told.) Read more…

Bioengineering’s New Best Friend: 2D & 3D Printing (Editor’s Picks!)

3D Printing

Fascinated by 3D printing? In this Editor’s Picks collection, Eric Veien, Ph.D., a science editor for our Bioengineering section, discusses four novel experimental techniques in 3D & 2D bioprinting technology.

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Dr. Eric Veien

Dr. Veien: The use of “printing” techniques for biological applications has been increasing in recent years, and is seen as having wide applicability and great potential in bioengineering. Various techniques can be used to print biological substrates, print live cells onto substrates, and to print 3-D scaffolds or entire organs that can be implanted inside living organisms. Interested in learning—seeing—a bit more about this emerging technology? Below are some examples of printing techniques that have been published in JoVE.

Enjoy!

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April Fools! Tricks to Play on Unsuspecting Scientists in the Lab

JoVE April Fools' Day

By Adam Ruben, Ph.D.—molecular biologist, television host on the Discovery Channel’s “Outrageous Acts of Science” and author of the book “Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School.”

Being stuck in the lab on April Fool’s Day doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun.  This year, bring some humor to your scientific workplace with these simple, hilarious, morally questionable pranks. Read more…

Editor’s Picks! The Future of Cancer Treatment

Nanoparticles

In this exciting Editor’s Picks collection, our Science Editor, Dr. Jaydev Upponi, offers a glimpse into the world of nanoparticles—the novel delivery system of anti-cancer therapeutics. 

Jaydev Upponi, PhD.

Jaydev Upponi, PhD.

Dr. Upponi: Currently, there is a new variety of chemotherapeutic agents available to treat cancer. These chemotherapeutic agents pose potential disadvantages, such as toxicity to normal cells and premature drug degradation owing to their poor solubility.

To overcome these limitations, scientists must solubilize and increase the amount of an anti-cancer drug at the area of concern and reduce the toxicity to normal cells. This is achieved by embedding drugs into what are called nanoparticles.

Prepared using various polymers, a variety of these novel drug delivery systems are currently being used (to name a few, there are synthetic polymers, microcapsules, cell ghosts, lipoproteins, liposome and micelles). Read more…