Building A Better Biology 



Is the Postdocalypse an Opportunity in Disguise?

October 29, 2014

A postdoctoral scholar (“postdoc”) is an individual holding a doctoral degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of his or her choosing.(1) While the life of the humble biomedical postdoc was never a walk …


Science Hack Day Houston 2014 Recap

April 12, 2014

This past weekend Brightwork put on the first Science Hack Day Houston at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and it was, to put it lightly, Awesome! I was a little worried going into the weekend, because this type of event is pretty foreign to Houston. The idea that anyone could develop, design, create something …

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We’re sweet on science

February 8, 2014

Valentines Day is just around the corner  and we couldn’t  find any geek- chic  valentines in store, so we decided to make some adorkable science themed valentines for all of you. You’ll get two templates of lollipop covers and two templates of mini cards. Each valentine says “You raise my dopamine levels valentine” or “Beaker-ful …


Announcing BRIGHT IDEAS at Brightwork

December 26, 2013

Hold onto your socks Houston! Have we got some exciting things in store for you. Brightwork’s mission is to get more people working as Indie Scientists and launching Science startups. Primarily we do this by replacing the initial startup costs associated with science startups with a monthly fee.  It’s far easier to pay $450 to …


The Dangers of Hype in Biosecurity

December 11, 2013

[dropcap2]I[/dropcap2]n presenting the idea that anyone can and should have the means to do biology, DIYbio, peoples reactions have been consistently polar. Either they are extremely excited about all the possibilities or fear that this movement could cause an increase in unsafe or even illegal things.  Differences in opinion are not exactly a rare thing …


On the Subject of Asteroid Mining: Phase 1

October 20, 2013

I am currently on a plane on my way to Shenzhen by way of San Francisco and I was going to write something about business and science but who has time for that. Instead lets talk about asteroid mining. While an extremely syfy concept, my interest in asteroid mining is one of practicality. All deep …