Illustration by Angelika Manhart

This Scientific Life

Our contributors hail from all over the sciences — and all over the world. We’ll share what brought us to science, why we stay, and what makes us (occasionally) want to run away. There will be eureka moments, scientific screw-ups, advice to youngsters, peers, and elders, as well as whimsical stories about space exploration, fruit fly cognition, and how a neuron can live its best life.

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My Biggest Goof...
I knew I wanted to be a scientist when…

A Prodigal

By Jared Martin

I have always loved science. In kindergarten, I asked Santa Claus for […]

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The sincerest form of flattery
Diseases of the Will

Netmongers

By Pascal Wallisch

(Excerpt from “Advice for a Modern Investigator”, chapter 5. ) The most […]

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Standard Deviations

Do No Harm

By Matt Biancalana

A suspicious lump our dentist noticed on the back of my dad’s […]

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Lab Confidential