Illustration by Angelika Manhart

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What if Jane Austen wrote up an account of the weekly lab meeting, or if David Foster Wallace described a scientific meeting? What if Italo Calvino wrote a story from the point of view of an electron? These exercises in voice mimic the style of Austen, Wallace, Calvino and other distinctive literary stylists.

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Pride and Minipreps

By Yelena Bernardskaya

The serene atmosphere of the lab had been all but brought to a halt by a most extraordinary rumor concerning the current state of Miniprep efficiency. While it is common knowledge that the Miniprep is a most basic technique of using chemical components from a kit to extract circular DNA from bacteria, it is not […]

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Dollars, posters, planes

By Friederike Schüür

I grew up between church steeples in a city that peaked in the Middle Ages. The Hanseatic League. If you came from where I come from, you would know what it meant. I had been on planes to hop from European city to European city, ascend-descend-there-you-are without movie entertainment. Congratulations, your abstract has been accepted […]

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A Scientific Family Portrait

By Anasuya Das

The conference is for vision scientists, by vision scientists, but it is held in a sprawling hotel that is disguised to look like a cheap 1960s motel resort, complete with fake palms, tropical cocktail vending tepee huts and captive swans. Giant blue sea creatures are painted onto whitewashed halls, while friendly staff in flowery shirts […]

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Going Nowhere Fast

By Alex I. Malz

. . . And when you say “going nowhere fast,” you cannot possibly be describing me, because you think going signifies change in space as a function of time, in other words, the motion in a spatial dimension over a duration of some temporal interval, whereas my existence, if not my experience, is not defined […]

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