The Helix Blog
The Helix Blog gives voice to City of Hope graduate students and their research.
For Your Procrastination: Surprising Facts about Caffeine
May 8, 2015 | Vishnu Samarasimhasubhashchandra
Coffee coffee coffee, no single person’s day is done without having a cup of coffee. Coffee is the best friend for many of us. Recent reports show that scientists (ourselves) are the biggest coffee drinkers of all.
For Your Procrastination: Changing Lives with 3D-printed Prosthetics
July 15, 2014 | City of Hope
If you’re interested in building and designing prosthetics, you have to work at a big medical devices company, right? Think again. Earlier this year, CNN published a series of heartwarming stories highlighting the use of 3D printer technology for prosthetics.
For Your Procrastination: Grad Student Logic Puzzle
April 7, 2014 | Cassandra Ramos
The following is a logic puzzle. Five grad students from five different departments each skip out of lab on a different weekday to enjoy a different recreational activity (slackers!). Which day did they skip? What did they do? Use these clues to help determine the identity of the students and what they did on their days off.
For Your Procrastination: The "science" behind the Superhero
March 6, 2014 | City of Hope
The Scientific Creative Quarterly is a website that specializes in all sorts of creative scientific writing…but I’m partial to their witty humor pieces. This article ( pdf ) in particular, is a tongue-in-cheek “research paper” that analyzes the mechanism by which Wolverine (from the X-men) can regenerate.
For Your Procrastination: "What Should We Call Grad School"
February 17, 2014 | Cassandra Ramos
I love procrastinating, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite websites for grad school humor, “ What Should We Call Grad School ”. I think a bunch of the entries on this site are great, but I’ve compiled a few that are specific to first-year grad students.
For Your Procrastination: “The Awesomest 7-year Postdoc”
February 4, 2014 | City of Hope
This guest blog from the Scientific American deals with an issue that we all struggle with -- work-life balance. It’s written by a professor at Harvard who had an interesting approach to getting tenure: she viewed her 7-year probationary period as an assistant professor as a “7-year post doc”.
For Your Procrastination: Why Everything Bad For You Feels So Great
December 10, 2013 | City of Hope
This fascinating article from the Seattle-based nonprofit organization Grist delves into an interesting theory from Daniel Lieberman, Ph.D., a Harvard University professor of human evolutionary biology.