Your Friday Diversion: Twitter Name Game

When cancer researcher Ritankar Majumdar published a blog post http://ritankarmajumdar.ddns.net/2016/02/02/culture-of-microbiologists-stream-of-urologist-and-other-collective-names-of-doctors about the collective names of doctors and scientists, he had no idea he would inspire #scientistherdnames https://twitter.com/hashtag/scientistherdnames .

Hundreds of tweets with the hashtag soon dominated scientists’ Twitter streams, including:

• “A cloud of data scientists”
• “A nucleus of physicists”
• “A colony of cell biologists”
• “A plague of epidemiologists”

Some tweets reflected the angst experienced in the lab. One melancholy scientist tweeted: “A grant of silent sobs.”

Many researchers probably empathize with that herd.
Nature
 

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