Academia vs. Industry

All of the contributors here at NiB are at a not permanent point in their career. Some are finishing their PhD, some wrapping up post docs, but all of us are on some level thinking about the next step.

And as such, I am considering the perpetual question, should I stay in academia or leave and go to industry?

The biggest problem is that I don’t know what industry looks like, and most of the information I hear about the differences are rumors. So this article, where a STEM PhD compares his own experiences in industry vs. academia, is really enlightening.



Everything you ever wanted to know about Vaccines, in one cartoon!

As a scientist I often get questions about new and exciting science in the news! Sadly most of this isn’t new… and the excitement is false.

But answering the questions, and better informing the public is worth it.

The anti-vaccine movement really bothers me, and people saying “vaccines cause autism, you can’t prove it doesn’t!”… sigh.

Luckily I stumbled across this amazing cartoon that answers every question you could ever have about vaccines.1-0YNh0FaiIcPmXzgzRO5u2g


The bird that wants to be a caterpillar… until it grows up


There is a long history of organisms evolving to look similar to toxic/poisonous organisms. For example, there are a plentiful number of butterflies that resemble the very toxic monarch butterfly.

But this is a new one for me: Chicks of the cinereous mourner has plumage that looks exactly like the  caterpillar. It even moves the way the caterpillar moves! Check out this article over at National Geographic.

Or just watch this cute little caterpillar:

And the bird that wants to look just like them:


Don’t Buy This

One of the co-founders of the structure of the DNA, James Watson, is selling his Nobel Prize medallion.

And since he’s bringing himself back into the media spotlight, an article at slate reminds us all of some of his verbal gems.:

“Whenever you interview fat people you feel bad, because you know you’re not going to hire them.”

When speaking about women in science, “I think having all these women around makes it more fun for the men but they’re probably less effective.”

What else did the resident bad grandpa of science say recently? Read more here.