Keep it Positive

Scientists can be critical people, especially as they are critiquing others' work, writes Prof-like Substance at the Spandrel Shop. "Critique pushes science forward (especially when it's of that other lab!) and keeps us thinking," he writes. "But everyone has spent time in that journal club or lab meeting where it seems like the sole purpose is to tear anything to shreds."

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute researchers have received a grant to combine biology and computer science for high school students.

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