Category Archives: writing

Canvas or club?

There is a breed of scientist who believes in the power of eloquence and clarity in communication. The writing is straightforward but tells a story. The figures are well-wrought murals that bring it all together. They make technical writing an … Continue reading

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Alphabet Soup: Abbreviations and acronyms in scientific communication

Acronyms and abbreviations abound in scientific communications. With the lengthy and at times complicated names scientists give to molecules and methods, it is no surprise that we need to shorten these into something that doesn’t take up half a line … Continue reading

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Storytime

There’s always a running joke amongst benchmonkeys that goes something like, “If this whole science thing doesn’t work out, then I’ll…” Open a coffee shop in Hawaii Run a restaurant/bakery Start a combination icecream/cocktail truck (that will make stops at all … Continue reading

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Did someone say that already?

There’s been a bit of discussion lately about the issue of “self-plagiarism” in science. Beyond that, Chemjobber recently posted about plagiarising the work of others and how you define that in sciences. After all, when you’ve got 10 or 20 or … Continue reading

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