You'd Prefer An Argonaute


Posted in Gallimaufry, Lab Life by YPAA on February 29, 2012

OKAY, OKAY.  But where can we get some ObamaESCs?  At least something to reprogram?  We gotta clone that mofo.


A.G. 351–400

Posted in Abstruse Goose, Lab Life by YPAA on October 12, 2011

A.G. 1−50

Posted in Abstruse Goose, Lab Life by YPAA on October 10, 2011

Space Bench

Posted in Lab Life by YPAA on August 1, 2011

Photo credit: Huili Guo


Posted in Gallimaufry, Lab Life, Media, MIT by YPAA on May 18, 2011

More than a year ago a pair of Peregrine Falcons made their new home on the roof of our institute. They endeared us with their swooping through the air, their calling and playing, and their leaving various rodent body parts on outside windowsills. So cute!

This spring some furry chicks emerged, and now one can watch the whole family on a live webcam, FalconCAST. It’s a way to kill that time during your 4 degree spin. See the chicks roost, feed, and projectile poop.

Update 6/15/11

Man, they grew up fast. The following message was posted on our internal site this morning:

The falcons that hatched on Whitehead’s 7th floor have fledged and left their nest. Two of the falcons flew off earlier last week, and the last one departed on Saturday, June 11th. The parents will continue to feed the fledglings as the young learn the finer points of flying and mid-air hunting. Because the nest is no longer occupied, the FalconCast has been turned off.

Update 2012

The falcons and FalconCast are back online with hi-res camera.

A.G. 51-100

Posted in Abstruse Goose, Lab Life by YPAA on May 15, 2011



Fairly accurate reflection on what science on TV has come to these days. A couple of years ago I heard a talk by Paula Apsell, the senior executive producer of NOVA, in the MIT Physics Colloquium series, and she was basically pleading the case that dumbing down (she didn’t use this term) NOVA-type programming was necessary to reach as wide an audience as possible–because science is under attack from tens of millions of policy makers and idiots in America, so we must fight them with entertainment!

Really??  Would we do the same thing to children in our schools?

When I watched science programming on TV as a kid, shows like NOVA, I didn’t understand everything. That’s why I became a scientist.





A.G. 101-150

Posted in Abstruse Goose, Lab Life by YPAA on April 22, 2011

A.G. 151-200

Posted in Abstruse Goose, Lab Life by YPAA on April 19, 2011

A.G. 201-250

Posted in Abstruse Goose, Lab Life by YPAA on April 3, 2011

A.G. 251-300

Posted in Abstruse Goose, Lab Life by YPAA on March 25, 2011

Is it a blog if I just re-post Abstruse Goose comics all the time?

Cuz that’s all I feel like doing now.


I know some people that could really fit in one of these too, you know, 6.7 days a week.

Abstruse Goose! Abstruse Goose!

Posted in Abstruse Goose, Lab Life by YPAA on March 21, 2011

Evidently I need to stay in more, because I only just found out about this incredible comic today. It’s very funny.

My favorites thus far (301-350):

Evidence of non-boring scientists

Posted in Lab Life, MIT by YPAA on February 17, 2011

One of the most clever lab homepages I’ve seen:

Kim Lab, Department of Biology, MIT

Things like this instantly raise the coolness factor of a lab.

Bonus: they do schweet research.


Posted in Lab Life, Media by YPAA on January 26, 2011

In case you’ve been living in a cave the last few months and missed them, two of the best lab humor videos to come out in a while:


The costumes of Lady Science are brilliant (love the bench diapers).



Most Beautiful Girl in the Lab
Most Beautiful Girl in the Lab

Funnily adapted from this Flight of the Conchords, this video’s got sweet moves.