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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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

The Dangers of Hype in Biosecurity December 11, 2013

In 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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Aneela is a Brightworker! September 10, 2013

I’m very excited to announce that Aneela Rashid has joined Brightwork CoResearch as Creative Director. She’ll be working to make CoResearch more accessible, more useable and downright better looking. Often times(read:all the time) scientists don’t worry too much about if their work can be understood outside of their field, much less the general population. At … Read more

Brightwork CoResearch is launching in Houston! June 10, 2013

I am so excited to be able to announce that Brightwork CoResearch has a building(on chaucer st, right by Rice U.) and will begin construction on July 1. Which we’re estimating to finish in early August! Brightwork CoResearch is an open, collaborative research space that will provide indie researchers and science entrepreneurs affordable access to … Read more

Indie Science Case Study: Cathal Garvey November 25, 2012

It is my goal with these Indie Science Case Studies to show that becoming an independent researcher or science entrepeneur is not some insane, impossible undertaking. Taking the traditional route to research, you have a lot of role models to follow and the hurdles one will face, while still difficult, are clearly mapped. The path … Read more

How does one get started as an independent researcher? September 26, 2012

Someone brought up the question How does one get started as an Independent Researcher? on Quora. The responses so far are pretty informative but they mostly focus on answering the question “How does one get started as a researcher?”. If you’re just starting out in research, I highly recommend giving the responses a read. There are a … Read more

The Age of the Independent Researcher February 2, 2012

Science used to be the pursuit of rich gentleman with nothing better to do and no hunger pains to get in the way of questioning the why’s and how’s of the universe. Great breakthroughs could be and were made by singular individuals acting alone. With the advent of Universities, anyone with the desire and a … Read more