Friday, August 27, 2010

Gonad Fun Fact

Guys, did you know that your gonads are not as symmetrical as you think? Testicular cancer is slightly more common in the right than the left testis.

In fact, the way in which blood drains from the testes is a bit different. The left testis drains into the renal vein which then connects to the superior vena cava. However, the right testis drains directly into the vena cava. This suggests that vascular differences might account for laterality phenotypes observed in the human population.

Now you know!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

PhD stands for ...

This is a great illustration of what it means to get your PhD and how to keep it in perspective. I'm reposting it below for easy access. (This was first published on Gizmodo and was created by Matt Might at the University of Utah)

Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:

By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little:

By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more:

With a bachelor's degree , you can a specialty:

A master's degree deepens that specialty:

Reading research papers takes you to the edge of human knowledge:

Once you're at the boundary, you focus:

You push at the boundary for a few years:

Until one day, the boundary gives way:

And that dent you've made is called a Ph.D.:

Of course, the world looks different to you now:

So, don't forget the bigger picture:

Keep pushing.