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It’s time for our second installment of inspirational music for the grad student. This week, in honor of all the drama that has been going on in the lab (see tomorrow’s post), I’ve chosen a song about being stuck in a vicious cycle: Lifehouse – Sick Cycle Carousel. I think that one of […]

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As promised, here is the next category in our inspirational music series. To be quite honest, no songs really instantly pop into mind when I think of my life as a grad student (unlike when I think of life as a med student). Why is this so, I asked myself. Well, it turns out that […]

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» The 10 dirtiest jobs in science.  Hey, they forgot to include being your major professor’s bitch.  Okay, I guess that isn’t quite as literally dirty as those on the list, but it sure feels like it is. # 0

» Yum!  Now that’s something I can live with: eating curry to stave off cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.  Researchers in Singapore found that people (aged 60-93) who ate curry even only occasionally scored higher on the Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE) than those who never ate curry.  The curry spice, turmeric, contains curcumin, which has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  And the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly in India is fourfold less than that in the United States. # 0

» There’s a great article today about how the MIT Dean of Admissions wants to reduce admissions anxiety in teenagers.  How about parents getting off of their kids’ backs?  That would help.  But I do admire her for trying to create a friendlier system that might just ease the pressure enough to not give parents such reason to push their kids so hard.  Too bad it probably won’t happen any time soon.  And go ahead and try to tell Asian parents to stop pushing their kids to the point of insanity.  I dare you. # 0

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