Category: trivia

Weekly news: the science of seasonal spending

IT CANNOT have escaped your attention that, here in the western world at least, we are currently in the middle of the annual panic-inducing spendfest we call Christmas. The wallet-emptying season seems to start earlier each year, presaged by the…

Build a snowman, win an e-reader

IN WHAT is becoming something of a Christmas tradition, Oxford Gene Technology has launched an interactive online game aimed at the laboratory.   This year’s game invites players to build a snowman using a simple online interface, and then to share…

Caption competition: microscope makes student sad

  THIS picture was sent to us by Meiji Techno, which has just commissioned a new suite of 365 microscopes at the University of Liverpool, UK. The university’s new central teaching laboratory was opened last month, October 2012, just in…

The ultimate scientist’s business card?

SCIENTISTS and others in the laboratory sector might be interested in these unusual business cards, created by an Italian advertising agency. Although a microscope slide might be a little impractical compared to the more usual 350gsm stock most conventional business…

Lab life, in cartoon motion

HATS off to Life Techologies, for the latest in its excellent series of promotional videos. The tale of PhDiva and the Mystery Band has just been released on YouTube, and has already scored a few thousand views. This clever animation…

You’ve heard of table dancing…?

NOVEL versions of the periodic table are everywhere these days, with Mendeleev’s grid being used to classify everything from social networks to bloggers, to comic books, and even heavy metal music. It’s all good pointless fun, and is something we…

Acronym of the week

WE’RE all used to seeing acronyms and abbreviations used – and sometimes abused – in the names of items of lab equipment and the names of scientific instrument companies. Sometimes these are quite clever, and make us smile. Sometimes they…