RSCPoster 2024: A LinkedIn year

First conceived in 2015, RSCPoster is the Royal Society of Chemistry online-only worldwide social media poster event. Originally tagged #RSCAnalyticalPoster it was designed to be an event that was easy to attend and easy to engage with, for chemistry researchers all around the wo … | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Research is better with free food

If there is one universal shared experience that I can, with some confidence, claim all researchers share then it is the love of free food. Be it biscuits, fruit, small strangely shaped corn things or sweets, every researcher feels the flutter of excitement at the addition of the … | Continue reading | 7 months ago

We cartooned a bunch of our comments

Last week we put up a post on Facebook, Instagram and Mastodon asking for some sciency ideas to cartoon. We asked because first off we wanted to draw the things you want to see and secondly it’s always important to make sure there are not areas that are missing some […] | Continue reading | 8 months ago

How to survive your first lab meeting: a calming guide

It’s today: your first lab meeting. You’ve got your slides together, tested the animations and so long as that one video loads, everything should be smooth sailing. But you’re probably still worrying "What if they realise I’m an imposter?!!”. Here's 8 tips to think about and hel … | Continue reading | 9 months ago

Announcing the best lab liquid award

Research is in many ways a subject of debate. Ideas are presented with evidence and through repetition and discussion they are tested and examined. Every discovery or methodology in science is subject to inquiry, dissection and disagreement because that is at the very core, the p … | Continue reading | 9 months ago

Talking about “How to cartoon geology”

We love cartoons. I doubt that comes as a shock to you, what with us being an entirely cartoon-based blog. But not only do we love the cartoons we make but we love basically all science cartoons and nothing would make us happier than there being hundreds of other science […] | Continue reading | 10 months ago

I’m a science girl in a science world: Aqua does science

Someone sent us a brand new version of Barbie Girl by Aqua specifically for Chemists and it's great! | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Commission: Stressed little ice grains

A few months back we were contacted by Dr Johanna Kerch from the University of Göttingen in Germany looking for some cartoony help in helping convey the fun world of ice re-crystallisation. | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Help needed for a study into women in STEM

Did you know there is a scientific research tool called the “Draw-a-scientist test” (DAST) that is used to understand how people perceive scientists? The DAST has been used to understand what people picture when asked to think about a scientist, with some fascinating results. Thi … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Scriptwriter seeks ecological #fieldwork fails

The funniest things happen when you’re out in the middle of a field – or bog, jungle, desert, wood, moor, alpine meadow – trying your best to do science. Sometimes, the science doesn’t want to be done and your equipment stops working. Suw is looking for the best stories for a new … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

RSCPoster 2023 winner cartoons!

Every year the Royal Society of Chemistry runs an amazing Twitter poster conference called RSCPoster. The conference runs for 24 hours and has thousands of participants from all over the world posting posters and talking chemistry! As with previous years, we drew cartoons live du … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Reflecting on the founding, growth and success of Overleaf – Part II

“Naively optimistic” – this was my opening to a blog post I wrote for Errant Science five and a half years ago, when Overleaf was approaching its fifth anniversary. Five years later, Overleaf is now ten, and after leading the team there for close to a decade I’ve recently moved [ … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Adaptable adaptations in research

Working as a researcher is a job that requires a lot of adaptability. This is understandable given that the core of the scientific method could be loosely described as “I recon this might happen but let’s find out” which obviously leads to some variation in outcomes (e.g. oops th … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Don’t judge your PhD by someone else’s

Today whilst reading twitter I read an advert by a newly graduated PhD student offering tutorship to current PhD students. Their advert was based on that they had finished their PhD early, had written a bunch of papers and got a follow up post-doc job. All very impressive. I only … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Positives and Negatives

The other week I was on Twitter scrolling through my feed when I saw several tweets of the following nature: “Can’t help but feel like I’m continually hearing the negative aspects of PhD life” and … | Continue reading | 4 years ago

Scientists and coffee shops

Coffee shops are the place to do work. I can say with the certainty of someone making up a fact that every Costa an Starbucks right now has at least one author writing a novella about a troubled yo… | Continue reading | 6 years ago