Inspiring lives

Brian Malow at 100th Anniversary of Physics Department at North Carolina State University

The science of stand-up comedy

Science Comedian Brian Malow on cracking wise about chemistry

A photograph of Martina Hestoricova in a laboratory

‘My video has six million views’

Biochemist Martina Hestericová on science communication and Instagram stardom

A photograph of Lucy Kissick working at a glove box

Diary of a PhD student

Why Lucy Kissick decided to launch a video blog chronicling her research

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Opinions and views

Film still from Monty Python and The Holy Grail

What did pop culture ever do for us?

Phrases and characters that give us a neat shorthand for sharing ideas

Burning money in conical flask

Time to stop paying for work

Hidden work costs are a financial drain worth considering

Female scientist in laboratory looking at shelves

Escaping the postdoc trap

Low pay and gloomy career prospects are thwarting the next generation of researchers