In 1965 a chemist named Hail Gordon Moore famously predicted that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits would double every two year.
Originally, he assumed it would only last a decade or so. But technology advances have kept pace with what has become known as Moore’s Law ever since.
However, we are approaching the physical limit of Moore’s Law. Read about potential new advances, or the end of increased computing power over at Nature.
Very VERY few of those who pursue a PhD in science will continue on to a tenure track position. We’ve spoken a lot on this blog about postdocs, faculty positions, and what industry might look like.
Now Melanie Sinche of theLabor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School is trying to learn more. “If you earned a PhD in any of the physical, life, computational, engineering, or social sciences between 2004 and 2014 and have ever worked, trained, or studied in the U.S.,” you can help by participating in a confidential online survey estimated to take about 15 minutes.
If you are a sucker for good natural photography (OOHH ME!) and like the uncharismatic organisms that comprise the vast majority of the tree of life (OOOHHH DEFINITELY ME!) then I strongly suggest you take a look at the BBC collection of All animal Life in 35 photos.
Here are a few of my favorites:
The U.S. atom smasher (which is a phenomenal nickname for a particle collider facility) has made a new discovery concerning the Higgs boson particle!
Sadly, the facility (actually named the Tevatron collider) in Batavia, Illinois was shut down in 2011. So this important paper is a little too late. Read more about what they found over at Science news.
Or more specifically, don’t always trust your own data analysis skills.
As a PhD student soon to be on the Postdoc market I am eagerly learning all I can about bioinformatics and coding. Additionally, I really like it.
So reading this review of the new book by Vince Buffalo Bioinformatics Data Skills is both awesome and informative. I’ve already added it to my Amazon wish list.
Read the full book review over at Molecular Ecologist.
As scientist we tend to take what has been done before at face value. If a publication demonstrates a result, it is often tucked away into a mental file: or “big pile of scientific facts”.
While Stephen Heard doesn’t advocate repeating all experiments, he does note that this may not always be the case. For example:
“Published research findings are sometimes refuted by subsequent evidence, with ensuing confusion and disappointment.”