Unexpected paths, surprising destinations

[4-8 November 2013] The editors' note about your science week

Very different paths can lead people to become researchers. Or asteroid hunters. And what if the path of computer science development had not let us to high-speed internet? What would our world be like, then? These thoughts and more, this week in MSW news.

Is the life of a PhD student just too comfortable? In this week’s episode of Knock Knock Doc, Arthur puts the question to Elisabeth Charrier, a graduate student in biomechanics. For her, it’s not a question of comfort, but an adventure into the unknown. Elisabeth is not quite sure how she ended up blending her biology background with physics studies for her PhD, but today she enjoys the investigations she carries out towards understanding myopathies, or muscle disease.

Knock Knock Doc - Episode 08 # Season 2: Crystal-Clear Muscles                          

As for Alex Cureton-Griffiths, he knows how he got where he is today, but his younger self would never have believed it. Alex’s organization SpaceGAMBIT supports open-source projects around the world that aim to get humanity into space – from prototype space suits to paper-thin rovers, all created by people as ordinary as Alex himself. Find out how to get involved in:

From Farmboy to Asteroid Hunter


One thing connecting the two different paths traveled by Elisabeth and Alex is the same information and communication technology that makes most of our lives go. In a word: Ethernet. Without this high-speed Internet protocol, the massive, distributed calculations that aid biomedical research would not be possible. Never mind space research or even connecting millions of people, quickly, around the planet. And that is why the IEEE, the organization behind Ethernet standards, has launched a photo contest! Why, you ask? Well, you may just find your answer here:

Why does the IEEE Standards Association have a Facebook photo contest?


So, this weekend, take some time to reflect on all that Ethernet has done for you, and what may be yet to come…

Enjoy your science reading!

The MyScienceWork Team