Blogger Chad Orzel has a post at Uncertain Principles on "N Skills Every Scientist Should Have." Apparently in response to various lists of essential life skills that Orzel found unsatisfactory, he began this scientist-specific list, which includes items such as "write a grant proposal" and "give a 'cocktail-party' explanation of their work in layman's terms." The comments section, where readers add their own ideas for the list, is an interesting read too.

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