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Hi everyone! I'm a research scientist (postdoc) working with cell biology, genetics, molecular biology projects. Basic science in a hospital-affiliated lab. Let me know if you have any grad school questions.

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Why is it that there is always some typo in that manuscript that you don't see until AFTER you hit the Submit button?

At least with online submissions you can re-upload.

Anyway, this is journal #2 for this manuscript. Fingers crossed.

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protest medic scene and mental health professionals 

Im a protest medic. I ran a clininc in Occupy. I was hit by a cop in Chicago for getting a patient who had been hit so hard by a baton they were semi-unconscious. I helped run a clinic in NYC after Sandy.
Protest medics (PM) developed from the civil rights era when doctors would join the Black marchers to provide aid because no one else would. We started in anti-oppression politics and that trend continues.
In our trainings and practices we

Recommended: discussion video on the sound of magic (sound effects in Harry Potter movies and how they change from director to director).
youtube.com/watch?v=bJvOqXdsEp

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public transit doesnt make sense because it is impossible to make it profitable and it has to be heavily subsidized by the government! the private sector is more efficient! *capitalist ride sharing services also turn out to not be profitable and are heavily subsidized by investors* ah, nevertheless,

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Can we all just agree to call TERFs FARTs (Feminism Appropriating Radical Transphobe) from now on?

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For anyone who's interested in creating their own packages, I've put together a brief intro on how to make them [1].

Hopefully it's a bit easier to follow than the official documentation for getting started. Any feedback is gladly welcomed

[1]: jrhawley.github.io/2019/03/28/

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I have just started using "Aliview" as a replacement for the aeging BioEdit for . Pretty good so far!
Open-source (GPLv3);
Has edit mode;
Use external tools (mafft, etc.);

Code: github.com/AliView/AliView
Website: ormbunkar.se/aliview
Paper: dx.doi.org/10.1093/bioinformat

cooking tv show & science vs art false dichotomy 

Show ended with the scientist guy admitting that cooking is both art and science. No duh! This show was only 1 episode (50 min) on Netflix if you want to see it. It was entertaining due to its creative cooking methods, but Alton Brown's cooking show has much better food science and cooking tips.

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cooking tv show & science vs art false dichotomy 

You know, what? This show isn't so bad if you approach it as a comedy and see the scientist as a novice cook trying to re-invent cooking with the only tools he knows. The occasional science vs art comments are annoying, but I'm now watching this for "if I had to live in the lab..." fantasy fuel. This is so ridiculous, but I'm happier now that the trained chef has taken on a merged role as judge/contestant, rather than only contestant.

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cooking tv show & science vs art false dichotomy 

Ok, they got past the 1st challenge and now they're trying steak. Scientist guy is using a plastic bag, hot water bath, and will also be using liquid nitrogen later (he says). This is like watching an alien coming down to Earth and trying to re-create cooking using all the equipment in a typical life sciences lab, with a bemused human chef alternating between curiosity and wincing at all the mistakes. This show is so gimmicky, but I'm curious, too.

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cooking tv show & science vs art false dichotomy 

When chef was roasting tomatoes before making tomato soup, scientist guy complained that would destroy their flavor and is now making an uncooked paste and centrifuging it to get the liquid. Wtf, how DARE... guys, I am so embarrassed. This show is making scientists look so bad.

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cooking tv show & science vs art false dichotomy 

I'm a few minutes into the pilot of "Chef vs Science: The Ultimate Kitchen Challenge" and I already hate it. First of all, the whole premise is putting a scientist who doesn't have much (any?) cooking experience against a trained chef, as if that were a fair competition. As a scientist myself, I am so embarrassed by the stupid things their scientist is saying! Cooking is not art vs science, it obviously needs both.

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How a Bitcoin Evangelist Made Himself Vanish, in 15 (Not So Easy) Steps

nytimes.com/2019/03/12/technol

Ignore the "Bitcoin" in the title, this is pretty interesting

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Someone: "Science is a precise and exact thing with definite answers that everyone in the field agrees on"

Chemists: Haha no

Physicists: *maniacal laughing*

Linguists: *fistfighting each other whilst cackling like hyenas*

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University of California couldn't get Elsevier to agree to universal to UC research so they're not renewing their contracts with Elsevier. Fascinated to see How this plays out. (go bears) news.lib.berkeley.edu/elsevier

You can adjust powerpoint registry settings to export slides as 300 dpi images! This is publication-quality, better than the default settings. See how: support.microsoft.com/en-us/he

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queer high ed issues 

I wish the discussion of how to help queer students wasn't placed on the shoulders of queer people in academia who are already dealing with sometimes outright aggressions.

It'd be nice if more than One cishet person I know would be invested in queer grad students not having to worry about whether to be out or not. That'd be nice.

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Just logged into LiveJournal for the first time in 9 years. Forgot how much I liked the long, thoughtful format, as opposed to the fleeting snippets of birdsite, faceache and even mastodon. Makes me wonder if a similar model using wikipedia's style of donations for costs would be good.

PIs who use undergrads as free labor 

If the student is doing it for school credit instead of money, then they deserve to AT LEAST shadow someone else doing experiments. Ideally, they should learn some hands-on technical skills or learn some data analysis. Something marketable in exchange for their time.

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