As a mammalian cell biologist working in a Drosophila genetics lab, Jennifer Rohn is perfectly placed to provide a fly-on-the-wall view of her colleagues’ fruitless fruit fly frustrations:
Through the thin wall separating my desk from the fly room, I can hear the loud repetitive thumping that accompanies the transfer of one colony of flies to a new vial, punctuating the laughter and music of their human supervisors. About once a week the oxygen depletion alarm goes off from excessive use of the carbon dioxide employed to anesthetize the insects, and the PhD students have to troop out with long-suffering expressions and wait for the oxygen levels to go back to normal.
Matt Brown attended the Tomorrow’s Giants conference, marking 350 years of the Royal Society, and looking ahead to the future of UK science. He summarised the day in four posts: opening remarks; careers; measurement of success; and the future of data. If you have strong opinions about any of these things, you can still contribute to the conversation on the conference’s forum. Touching on many of these issues, Wilson Pok discusses the jobs market for scientists in the US, considering academia versus industry and the number of graduates coming through the system.
In other noteworthy posts: Tom Webb starts a discussion about just how private we should consider emails to be, citing the recent climate controversy from the University of East Anglia. Anthony Fejes put together open software to produce publication-quality Venn diagrams. And Austin Elliott discovers that he (and all Nature Network bloggers) are part of a Dark Conspiracy of Sinister Vested Interests
Do you live in a city packed to the test-tube-racks with scientific history and culture? We’ve started a new series of scientific city maps, beginning with London. Handy if you’re a visiting scientist wanting to indulge in some alternative tourism. If you’re a local, you’ll probably learn a few things. We’re looking for maps of further cities, so let us know if you want any help putting one together for your own city. If enough of you are keen to make a map, we’ll do a special feature of them on the Schemes and Memes blog in a couple of weeks.
The Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting is now over, but there will continue to be blog posts on the official blog for another week or so. Don’t miss the round up of new posts from earlier this week as well as the interviews with the Nobel Laureates that will be published soon.