A sketch for “Plagiarism”

EPFL’s magazine, “Flash”, recently did a piece on plagiarism among students. The editorial team asked me to draw something to go with the text. This is what I made:

Shedding light on photosynthesis

New article on EPFL with a totally original title – I dare you to Google it to see how unique it is.

Using Atomic Force Microscopy to figure out what the thylakoid membrane does during photosynthesis (it’s an interesting paper too, read it if you can get  hold of it). Everything makes sense when you can see it. That’s my cell biologist motto.

Read it here.

Bacterial spears and spear-tips

Published today in Nature, one of the weirdest organelles ever found in a cell: The type VI secretion system. It looks like a retractable spear. I kid you not – a spear. With a poisoned tip, to literally stab and kill other cells.

Here’s my article covering the research. Why don’t you take a STAB at it? Yeah. Scientific writing is all about the puns.

— Nik


Mirror images and complex molecules

New article on EPFL!

This time around, it’s chemistry. Specifically, making scaffolds for anti-dementia and anti-cancer drugs with cheap and simple materials. The secret? Breaking C-H bonds and selecting enantiomers.


Then click here.

Lab listener

Good listener-NEW

This is my first comic from Lausanne, Switzerland where I’ve taken a science journalist role with the lauded EPFL, covering the awesome research of the School of Basic Sciences. It’s quite a switch for me, and I’m having a great time learning about things like superconductivity, particle physics and retarded interactions (that’s a science thing. Honest). I’ll keep you posted when my articles pop up on the website.

It’s good to be back. The Microscope missed you all.

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