Scientists at EPFL provide the first ever experimental evidence that a magnetic field can be generated by a temperature gradient. Why is that important? Because it might change the way we do electronics. And can also give a purpose to all those overheating laptops.
Read more here.
Burglary update: They’re not catching anyone. I’ve made my peace with my stolen laptop. I’m now shopping for a new one. It’s OK. Don’t have to eat food every day.
Many thanks for the moral support, everyone! Your comments here and on Facebook/Twitter prove that the Internet can be used for good. You guys rock.
I promise to get back to drawing ASAP.
A photo of my opening slide by organiser Stephanie Bannister (@S_Bann).
Last week I was invited to speak about science communication at the MFPL retreat at Znojmo (CR). It was great to meet fans of the blog and chat with PhDs and postdocs about comics, cell/molecular biology (the MFPL does some really cool stuff), lab life and science careers. Once again, I was struck by how rife with problems academic research is, and I hope that this little talk might spark some non-traditional, yet much-needed career paths.
Click here if you’d like to check out my 11-slide PowerPoint.
It’s that time of the year again, and I’m off for holidays to one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Expect the Microscope’s madness to resume after August 19.
In the meantime, you can enjoy older comics by clicking here.
See you soon,
The nice people over at Labguru have asked me to draw comics for them again, which makes me very very happy. Given that summer is fast-approaching, we decided to kick off with the Prof’s view on conferences.
Click here for my first comic.