Working on a PhD? Need a good laugh? Check out #FailAPhDInThreeWords

If you haven’t already, I recommend checking out #FailAPhDInThreeWords! Not only are many of the tweets hilarious, they also provide an interesting commentary on PhD’s and science. Some of the clear trends that emerge for failing a PhD include referencing God/religion, using inappropriate citations (wikipedia, twitter, etc), formatting issues (margins, fonts, typos), plagiarizing, photoshopping or going against basic tenets of science (n of 1, correlation vs causation). Below are some of my favorites!

[tweet https://twitter.com/RDscience/status/566270916032999424] [tweet https://twitter.com/guyren58/status/568083948074618880] [tweet https://twitter.com/AboudDandachi/status/568088995739111424] [tweet https://twitter.com/liberapertus/status/566277423504048129] [tweet https://twitter.com/superhelical/status/567762876539351040] [tweet https://twitter.com/PhuzzieSlippers/status/567778280565379073] [tweet https://twitter.com/jl_crim/status/567804362790289409] [tweet https://twitter.com/JohnNCoupland/status/567828895963095041] [tweet https://twitter.com/CauseScience1/status/568429584745701376] [tweet https://twitter.com/Kevlar007/status/568407347930001408]

A twitter troll demonstrates the misinformed and passionate fight against the SCIENCE of vaccines #science

storCheck out the STORIFY I wrote summarizing a twitter discussion about vaccines… or so I thought. It involves an anti-vaccine troll ignoring facts and science to argue against vaccines, while spewing misinformation and conspiracy theories! Language warning – some of the tweets include swearing (not from CauseScience). Thanks to @divyaramjee and @sassyinmyheart for supporting vaccines. Trolls like this are not far removed from the anti-vaccine movement, and represent what science is fighting against when it comes to vaccines.

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Today’s favorite tweets! Picture of NYC from space and Onion article about sorting trash into oceans!

[tweet https://twitter.com/TheOnion/status/567483612996440065] [tweet https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/567403744413749248]

Tonight: @NASA DSCOVR launch and @SpaceX Falcon 9 barge landing attempt take 2!!

Check NASA TV today at 5pm EST for the potential launch of DSCOVR and landing attempt of the Falcon9 rocket by SpaceX. This is the second launch attempt after Sunday’s attempt was scrubbed.

[tweet https://twitter.com/NOAASatellites/status/565189449714520064] [tweet https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/564807936870842368] [tweet https://twitter.com/sen/status/565223875299258368]

#IfScientistsWereMusicians What if scientists acted like celebrities? Grammy edition of #IfScientistsWere

Just in time for the Grammy’s this weekend, we are trying out a new hashtag in our series of #IfScientistsWere. For the Grammy’s we are posting #IfScientistsWereMusicians! Feel free to post parodies of musical lyrics related to science or scientists. Or post something funny that characterize musicians, but from a science point of view! I recommend using Rhymezone.com if you are having trouble!! Below are a few we came up with… but I’m sure plenty of people are much more creative than us!

Amazing video from @Space_Station – #sunrise touches #aurora

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Another post, another awesome gif from NASA!! This gif (made by CauseScience) shows the aurora borealis in the sky as the sun rises, ending with the two light sources ‘touching’!! The video this gif was made from was taken from the International Space Station – #sunrise touches #aurora. All we need now are angels singing” #AstroButch

[tweet https://twitter.com/NASA_Astronauts/status/563075368945721345]

Update: The gif CauseScience made from the youtube video is not nearly as good as the vine posted by @Space_Station!

[tweet https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/563069569078927362]

What if scientists acted like celebrities? #IfScientistsWere #IfScientistsWereProAthletes

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The other night while watching a sports interview (during the US national figure skating competition to be exact), the writers of CauseScience noticed that athletes get away with saying a lot, trash talking, and completely ignoring criticism. It made us wonder about what it would be like if scientists were treated like celebrities. Our culture values entertainers, athletes, musicians, actors/actresses, and other celebrities to a much higher degree than scientists, doctors… and most other meaningful professions.

Imagine scientists trash talking competitors. Or responding to reviewers comments the same way athletes respond to criticism. Or being interviewed about how running a gel or PCR went that day. It would be hilarious!!

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CauseScience will be launching a series of posts and hashtags to consider what it would be like If Scientists Were… Since this weekend is the superbowl, what better way to start than with #IfScientistsWereProAthletes

A few examples from Ashley Wagner’s interviews surrounding her WIN at the 2015 US Figure Skating Nationals – just to get your wheels spinning. Some negative, but also positive quotes that are quite funny when applied to SCIENCE!

  • About her competitors – “In skating, she makes me uncomfortable, because she’s always kind of breathing down my neck. I don’t like to get beat. And I do not like to get beat by girls.”
  • About her critics – “this shows them that they need to shut their mouths and watch me skate.”
  • About her job – “I LOVE skating, i mean, I’m so lucky that this is my job, that this is what i do everyday.”
  • and again – “I’m so endlessly in love with this sport and I’m so glad I was able to show it with the way I skated tonight.”

[tweet https://twitter.com/CauseScience1/status/561164403052380160]

Note: While this is ultimately for fun and a laugh, it can also serve to showcase the lack of public engagement and agreement with science and scientists. As well as the under-appreciation of scientists. In the end, it may not be surprising that most scientists don’t act like celebrities or professional athletes. Science is a profession that trains people to be logical, critical, evidence-based, and open-minded. And usually the ‘system’ keeps most scientists’ egos from getting too big.

UPDATE- See our favorites of #IfScientistsWereProAthletes in a new CauseScience post here!

Going on a date with an academic? scientist? #RuinADateWithAnAcademicInFiveWords

If you haven’t seen the twitter hashtag #RuinADateWithAnAcademicInFiveWords – you should check it out! It is hilarious… and mostly true! Especially if you are an academic, someone who is dating an academic, or someone who wants to date an academic!! Info about the hashtag here by Steve Kolowich. Shout out to my friend Becky for sending me this article – she also sends it to first dates prior to meeting them.

In hundreds of tweets, clear themes have emerged. Apparently, a sure way to kill the mood is to speak admiringly of astrology, Fox News, homeopathic medicine, The History Channel, or Malcolm Gladwell. Disavowals of coffee, evolution, and Oxford commas might not play well, either. And God help you if you suggest that academics get to “take summers off.”

A few of my favorites!

[tweet https://twitter.com/GradStudentWay/status/556660657924636672] [tweet https://twitter.com/Paleo_Bonegirl/status/555841241855062016] [tweet https://twitter.com/rothmanistan/status/555710936942907392] [tweet https://twitter.com/academickitty/status/555734007715860480]

President Obama – Precision Medicine Initiative and support for science and research! #SOTU

SpaceX posts vine of attempted drone ship rocket landing and EXPLOSION!! #space

If you missed the SpaceX/NASA rocket launch that included an attempted landing of the first stage rocket on a drone ship, here’s the spectacular video of the amazing, but not entirely successful landing. More info here.

[tweet https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/556131313905070081] [tweet https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/555981841476227072/photo/1] [tweet https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/556105370054053889]