One million visits!

I just thought it’s worth celebrating this: The Upturned Microscope has just passed one million hits!

Once again, thank you all for your support. Here’s to many more comics!

— Nik (from Greece)

2013 in review

Like every year, here is the 2013 annual report for The Upturned Microscope. You guys make it what it is :)

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 430,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 18 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

MFPL retreat: From bench to keyboard

A photo of my opening slide by organiser Stephanie Bannister (@S_Bann).

Last week I was invited to speak about science communication at the MFPL retreat at Znojmo (CR). It was great to meet fans of the blog and chat with PhDs and postdocs about comics, cell/molecular biology (the MFPL does some really cool stuff), lab life and science careers.  Once again, I was struck by how rife with problems academic research is, and I hope that this little talk might spark some non-traditional, yet much-needed career paths.

Click here if you’d like to check out my 11-slide PowerPoint.

Holiday break

It’s that time of the year again, and I’m off for holidays to one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Expect the Microscope’s madness to resume after August 19.

In the meantime, you can enjoy older comics by clicking here.

See you soon,


2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 83,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.