How to Write Like a Scientist (by destroying your writing)

Scientific papers contain wonderful gems of knowledge and insight, but why are they often so dry? Comedian and molecular biologist Adam Ruben explains how you, too, can sound like the inside of an academic journal. » 3/25/12 8:30am 3/25/12 8:30am

We twiddled the knobs until it worked: What grad student science papers…

Grad students in every field develop a linguistic armor against uncomfortable scrutiny. Fortunately, where lab-bound research monkeys are concerned, PhD Comics' Jorge Cham is here to translate, explaining when grad students left work to grab a couple beers and when they just don't want you protesting their lab. » 3/11/12 12:00pm 3/11/12 12:00pm

University Library gets Theodore Sturgeon's original notes for More…

Science fiction giant Theodore Sturgeon's papers are being donated to the University of Kansas, after having been privately held in two separate parts until now. This treasure trove of information will prove a boon to researchers studying the process of the award-winning novelist and Star Trek writer (who coined the… » 7/11/11 7:30am 7/11/11 7:30am

Building A Shrink Ray? Consult This Grisly Physics Paper About…

In the 1920s, J.B.S. Haldane published a paper entitled, "On Being the Right Size." It is deliciously gruesome, and to this day, it remains one of the most accessible papers on the intersection of biology and physics. » 4/10/10 11:30am 4/10/10 11:30am

Connie Willis' Next Story: A Robot Who Wants To Be A Rockette

You might think you generate a lot of scrap-paper, but you're nowhere near as scribble-prolific as Blackout author Connie Willis. She just donated 36 containers, with 128,000 pieces of paper, to a university. And they may soon be online. » 2/08/10 12:00pm 2/08/10 12:00pm

Robots Are More Popular Than Cold Fusion

When did robots become more popular than cold fusion? Will nano out pace micro as academia's prefix of choice? PHD Comics charts out the changing popularity of various buzzwords in academic papers over the years. » 11/18/09 3:00pm 11/18/09 3:00pm