Science Blog: Tube-ular cell research

As I labeled my 180th microcentrifuge tube of the morning, I wondered what the scene looked like to anyone passing by. It might have resembled another one of those images of a person in a lab coat surrounded by unfamiliar lab equipment doing some sort of tedious task. I’d like to tell you the story of my own experience in research in my three years in science at Carleton to hopefully flesh out this picture a bit more. Over the past three years, I have learned a great deal about the fascinating biological processes that govern our lives. Two summer research grants have given me an opportunity to extend my knowledge beyond the classroom in an immunology lab. Immunology is […]

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Science Blog: Open the black box

As a third-year student in science, I often think back to what it means to be a scientist. The definition that I like to live by, is that a scientist is someone who gives a voice to the material world, in analyzing and explaining the phenomena that both surround us and comprise us. If we truly consider these words to define us in science, then I believe that we as scientists are not projecting our voices very well. The analogy of the “black box” is often used in science and technology to describe a system or object that can be understood in terms of what goes in and comes out.  There is no actual knowledge pertaining to what is inside […]

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Finance Blog: Getting started on student savings

Saving money is never easy, particularly for students. Between classes, assignments, studying, extracurriculars, and trying to maintain some semblance of a social life, finding the time to work can be an incredibly challenging task. Bearing this in mind, it is crucial that you efficiently spend and save whatever funds you manage to get your hands on. The most important weapon you can carry on your quest for financial freedom is a carefully thought-out budget. A good strategy is to monitor for a week how much you spend, and on what. At this point, you are ready to determine if you need to cut back your spending (or more likely, by how much you need to do so). While it may […]

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Men’s Style: Beauty and the beard

Think about the last time you drank craft beer or the last time you sat in a lecture hall. Chances are, you were within 10 feet of a bearded dude. Hell, you might have been the one rocking the face sweater. Even as Hollywood jumps on the trend, there is a right and wrong way to embrace this wannabe-Brooklyn-hipster-chic. Having a beard is almost more work than shaving every day, and well maintained facial hair can help you look more like Bradley Cooper and less like the guy bumming smokes outside the Beer Store. Pick a style for your lifestyle Beards are acceptable for all guys, from the bassist in your favourite bar band to Leader of the Opposition. Figure […]

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Food and Drink Blog: Quinoa burgers

Spring is coming, and it’s almost time to break out the grill again. Why not make some burgers with a twist? Quinoa has been in the culinary spotlight lately as a superfood. Many people have started using quinoa as an alternative to rice as a more protein-laden side dish, but there’s so much more you can do with it. These burgers are a great example. Seldom does a great dish come along that’s also inexpensive, easy to make, makes a big batch, and keeps well. These burgers fit all these elements. As another bonus, they can be customized to fit almost any diet, including vegetarian or vegan. For those who aren’t big fans of vegetables, this is a great way […]

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