When reading this blog, please relax, enjoy the journey that is scientific learning and remember that science is for everyone.
I hope to bring techniques to you in digestible bites and maybe even point to their elegant use in the literature. Posts will included an explanation level rating. You may note that with these different levels, some techniques may get multiple entries at different levels, but not all will. I personally believe that any technique can be explained at even the simplest level.
Guide to Explanation LevelsIntroductory is intended for a general, non-scientist audience (middle school or above), including those scared by science. Expect analogies and a focus more on the purpose behind a technique.
General is aimed at anyone with an interest (but not necessarily training) in science. This will include more on the logic behind the technique and its application (use and conclusions).
Detailed is reseved for biologist-in-training, as it will include some discussion of the measurement involved in the technique, which may be beyond the interest of a casual reader. However, the level of detail will still be at that of an introduction rather than a protocol. Additionally, this will be where differences in variants on the technique will be discussed in greater depth.Read more…