The working conditions of young researchers in the first few years of their academic career are surprisingly similar to the working conditions of low-rank drug-gang members. This provocative conclusion can be drawn from the blog post which I came across recently, although it was published in 2013 by Alexandre Afonso, Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the… Read More Ways in which academia resembles a drug-gang
A cute border collie eagerly enters a small experimental room. It immediately lies down on a mattress in front of a 22 inches LCD monitor and starts watching a set of photos. The dog seems to be watching the screen with an interest! It even waves its tail from time to time; perhaps because it… Read More Eyes are the mirror of the soul – also for dogs
‘Eating lettuce is over three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon’ states the author of the ScienceDaily blog based on the paper published in the journal of Environment Systems and Decisions at the end of November. This provocative statement caused some uproar among my acquaintances in the past week. This motivated me to… Read More Choosing the lesser of two evils – lessons learned from comparing bacon and lettuce.
Pumpkins were almost extinct once. They survive only thanks to our love for sweet pumpkin dishes.
I’ve just came across this short blog post by Isaiah Hankel and I felt that his observation is so valuable that I just have to share it with you on this blog. It’s so simple: the right mix of gratitude and anger. It might sound like a cliché and terrible simplification of the problem but for… Read More Recipe for a healthy life
No, this is not one of my favorite movies; but is sounds like a grate title for this post:) Working with other people will naturally lead to conflict situations from time to time. Different types of conflicts occur quite frequently in academia because in this environment highly opinionated and competitive people meet and collaborate. Things can… Read More Clash of the Titans
Yesterday, as last year, I went for an aurora borealis hunt. The magnetic storm was so strong that you could see the northern lights even in Stockholm (or at least Hägersten) despite the light pollution. A friend of mine, managed to make this photo in Sollentuna. I hope that more of you managed to see… Read More Magnetic storm above Stockholm
If you want to get your paper cited, give it a short title! This is a conclusion from a paper published last week in Royal Society of Open Science.
A study conducted at Krakow University of Agriculture shows that pigs grow fatter when listening to Mozart music in comparison to pigs listening to symphonic versions of pieces by The Scorpions.
Racial and gender stereotypes can be effectively decreased with a counterbias training which is strengthened by an intervention during sleep. The better the sleep, the better the effect of the intervention! It is a sad fact that even those people who value tolerance and egalitarianism are not free of prejudice and social stereotypes, for example… Read More A good night sleep can fight stereotypes