It's been a while in deed. I had to take my time to fix things in a lot of sides of my scientific life, and to feel ready to get back to my blog activity. In a 4 years- long PhD project, the second year always takes a little crisis along. Nothing special, and nothing … Continue reading Starting back over again. Welcome back.
If you're up for some Sunday biological geekerys, you might enjoy this video introducing the iDu Optics' LabCam microscope adapter, that will fit your iPhone into a microscope ocular to show the image on the screen. On my old blog ATCGeek, I wrote a couple of comments on the possible role smartphones might have in biological research, and … Continue reading Turn your smartphone in a microscope ocular.
Right about one year ago, I was sharing a flat with some Spanish guys in the deep heart of Grácia, an historical neighbourhood in Barcelona. To be honest, those guys fitted quite well into the definition of "friki" - Spanish transliteration of the term "freaky" - that indicate that kind of people attracted by oriental … Continue reading GMOs, flatmates and lateral gene transfer.
Time for late confessions. This story dates back to the 2000s, and it is about free diffusion of knowledge, internet, evolution, an angry academic and a monster (I mean "another monster", distinct from the angry academic). It was the 2007, and I was hardly trying to find a way out from my bachelor degree. At the … Continue reading Those viral Evolutionary Biology notes. A late confession.
Being in science is basically a matter of applying for a position. As you graduate in your master, you swiftly approach your first "application round" for a PhD, and after your PhD, the endless post-doc route will take you into several cover letter writing, interviews and candidate selections. As an high level scientist commented to … Continue reading Choosing the right candidate. A lesson to be learned.
Sifting through my website stats, I realised that bioinformaticians are reading more posts discussing "how to do bioinformatics" than the ones with a strict scientific content. Is this a feature of this blog, or does it reflect a common problem with working habits? Drawing some conclusions after two years of atcgeek After almost a couple … Continue reading Is "how to do bioinformatics" the major topic in bioinformaticians online reading habits?
It was a cold November morning, year 2011. Sapienza University has a huge campus next to the city centre of Rome, where the main faculties are stored in huge buildings in the rationalist style. Yet, the faculty of Biochemistry has a detached site in the neighboured flanking the campus, San Lorenzo. I was crossing the streets of … Continue reading The four most stupid things I have ever done in bioinformatics.