Magnet mistakes

This is just a short post on the many ways in which films and telly often get MRI wrong, and one thing that they tend to get right. Also, it is a good excuse to post a few interesting MRI videos. 1. The magnet is ALWAYS on. You don't turn on an MRI. Nor do … Continue reading Magnet mistakes

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Neurocomic

Following my list of resources for fresh neuroscientists, I figured I'd share something for those interested in exploring neuroscience but not quite ready to pick up a textbook, namely┬áneurocomic. Neurocomic is a Wellcome Trust supported project that aims to explain neuroscience ideas to a lay audience using comics. The brainchild of neuroscientists Hana Ros (UCL) … Continue reading Neurocomic

Academic spam bingo

I have had a particularly generous season of conference-spam, journal-spam and laboratory-salespitches-spam this autumn.┬áMy current spam folder contains gems such as: "academicians" "You can attend this event from your comfort zone." "I have contacted you regarding your precious manuscript submission" "We have gone through one of your publications which contains valuable information that guides the … Continue reading Academic spam bingo

Art+Science

I have been thinking about art lately. The University of Sheffield's annual Festival of Academic Writing is coming up and I have just finished reviewing a few papers and grant applications. Mostly, this has made me consider how scientists can suffocate enthusiasm for even the most exciting finding in a single passive paragraph (never mind … Continue reading Art+Science