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A tribute to parrots

Posted by , on 5 April 2018

In a previous blog, I have disgraced parrots by associating them with P-values and discrediting them for their mechanic repetition. Nevertheless, I admire the vivid colours of these multifaceted birds. …
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Conformation of the insulin receptor

Posted by , on 5 March 2018

A few days back over dinner at a CNV gathering, Theresia Gutmann from the Coskun lab casually told me about her PhD work. In collaboration with the Rockefeller University NYC, …

Prevent p-value parroting

Posted by , on 1 February 2018

Recently, Nature published my correspondence “Dispense with redundant P values”. It highlights my concern that p-values are often calculated because “everybody does it”. This reminded me of the mechanical repetition …

How to win a conference prize

Posted by , on 11 December 2017

Or, at least, produce nice posters while trying. Students on average author 1-3 papers and produce at least three times that many conference posters***. At large meetings, such as the …

Converting excellent spreadsheets to tidy data

Posted by , on 6 October 2017

Structuring data according to the ‘tidy data‘ standard simplifies data analysis and data visualisation. But understanding the structure of tidy data does not come naturally (in my experience), since it …

See for yourCelLf

Posted by , on 18 August 2017

See for yourCelLf “Forget the textbook picture” is what I proclaim when I teach master students in a course on Cell biology and Advanced Microscopy. Although the textbook is a …

How to make colour blind friendly palettes, from regular contributor Jochim Goedhart.

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