Overcoming Instrument Stress

One bad experience with a scientific instrument can make it a stressful experience using it every time afterwards. That summarizes my relationship with a particular microscope in my department. This ¬†transmission electron microscope (TEM) requires a slow, steady and cautious sample input/output procedure. During one training session, I'd been warned that poor handling of the … Continue reading Overcoming Instrument Stress

Appreciation of Failure

After being numbed by the happiness of finally getting positive results in my nanotube synthesis experiments, I was dealt a blow when I repeated the experiment and my tubes refused to exist. Strangely, I felt a similar numbing feeling. Instead of being tinged with the disbelief of success, this numbing feeling was one that threatened … Continue reading Appreciation of Failure