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Date registered: February 8, 2008

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  1. Introductory Sections (for a Paper or Your Thesis) — November 18, 2009
  2. Long-term Experiments — October 23, 2009
  3. Vice President of Research resigns at ETH — September 21, 2009
  4. Leaving the Lab — August 17, 2009
  5. Condensed Print Format — June 19, 2009

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Nov 18

Introductory Sections (for a Paper or Your Thesis)

Oct 23

Long-term Experiments

I recently read this Nature article, where is described what is probably one of the longest experiments ever to be conducted. A population of E. coli was kept for 20 years (!) in a nutrient solution (low on glucose), and samples were taken and deep-frozen after 2000, 5000, 10000, 15000, 20000 and 40000 generations. The …

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Sep 21

Vice President of Research resigns at ETH

Another case of scientific fraud has been uncovered, unfortunately at my home university, ETH Zurich. Quote from the official e-mail: “More than ten years ago, as has just been confirmed by an internal investigation, research data was falsified in a research group then headed by Peter Chen, who is now Vice President Research and Corporate …

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Aug 17

Leaving the Lab

After 3+ years of manual labour (not counting undergrad studies) it is time to leave the hood and write up the thesis. I must say, it’s been a very good time, with good colleagues in the lab and also some reasonable results. I now have about two weeks left to finish the stuff that I’m …

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Jun 19

Condensed Print Format

My boss has pointed out this piece of news covered by C&EN. Apparently, starting from July, all ACS journals will be printed in a “rotated and condensed” format, that is two pages on one printed page in landscape format. This is an effort to reduce printing and distribution costs. In my opinion, this change is …

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Jun 18

Talking to Guests

Whenever a guest speaker is invited to my institute, it is the custom for a few members of our group to speak with him/her about their projects. Normally you have a time slot of about 15 minutes. It is always a good idea to check the guest’s home page first, in order to find out …

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