Crazy Ideas

 

Recently, I posted a link to a story by the Atlantic over on my Facebook page called “How Your Cat is Making You Crazy.” The article discusses Jaroslav Flegr, a Czech evolutionary biologist who has been studying Toxoplasma gondii, or the brain parasite which can be passed from cats to humans.

But this article isn’t really about that: this article discusses how Flegr and his research haven’t always been taken seriously–in fact, just the opposite. His idea (that T. Gondii actually ...(read more)

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A few weeks ago I posted at The Scientist blog about a new jewelery store that had opened up near my office … and I was concerned that this jewelry store was headed for a sad fate if they didn’t soon figure out their “Unique Selling Proposition (USP).” The USP is that unique value that a business brings to the market to differentiate it from other businesses.

Grants must have a USP as well. In the current environment, “me ...(read more)

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Mostly I get very positive emails thanking me for the free and paid advice I give on dealing with the challenges of a modern science career in these days of shrinking budgets and overworked people.

But from time to time I get an email that is just downright negative.

A few days ago, it was an email that was complaining that I’d taken one of my free grantwriting videos down (on how to write a killer specific aims). ┬áThe person was downright ...(read more)

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Ok, so it turns out Google was saying my site was “infected by malware,” and traffic was dropping off.

But you didn’t bother to tell me (nobody did). Please – if you ever see a message like this on my site, let me know!

The problem appears to be fixed now. I’ve submitted the site for a re-review by Google to make sure.

I have a few new blog posts ready as soon as it clears Google.

Until then, I hope you ...(read more)

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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7z7lUaIkeM

Normally we’re perhaps a bit too serious on this blog, but since it’s Saturday, it’s time for something a bit more lighthearted – our recent attempt at carrying 400 lbs of bananas on a 2-wheel cargo bike (> 1,000 bananas).

Check it out and have a great weekend!

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