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"SCIENCE: Ruining Everything Since 1543" is a collection of new & old SMBC comics all about science and scientists.
"SCIENCE: Ruining Everything Since 1543" is a collection of new & old SMBC comics all about science and scientists.
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Winning Labs!

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Using a complex system of quantum randomness, we determined the winning labs. They will get free copies of the book! Here they are. If your lab was selected, WOOHOO! If not, we'll probably do a few more of these if we get the numbers high enough. Thanks!

1. Columbia Basin Research, School of Fishery & Aquatic Sciences, University of Washington (Seattle) which works on providing statistical tools to biologists who are studying salmonids in the Columbia River Basin (and elsewhere) thanks to Richard Townsend.

2. The UF Astronomy Instrumentation lab which builds stuff for science thanks to Deno.

3. The Ethology Lab at Bradley University which works on interactions between fecal hormones and behavior thanks to Jeremy Kirkman

4. Hayden Lab, at the University of Rochester which works on the neural basis of choice thanks to Tommy Bianchard.

5. Astrophysics Research Laboratory at the University of Colorado, Boulder which works on rocket science thanks to Thomas Rogers.

6. MIT Lincoln Laboratory which works on designing imagers responsible for more than half of the photos of space on the internet thanks to Alex Divinsky.

7. Collective Dynamics and Control (CDCL) lab at the University of Maryland which works on collective behavior thanks to Joshua Brule.

8. DiLeone Lab at Yale University which works on the development of addiction and obesity thanks to David Grimaldi.

9. Vannberg Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology which works on characterizing exosomes in immune function and dysfunction thanks to Michelle Su.

10. Wolfner Lab at Cornell University which works on seminal fluid proteins thanks to Jessica Sitnik.

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    1. Creator Sean on February 17, 2013

      Aw, I was hoping to get in on this contest. I just backed and I thought we'd have until the end of the kickstarter to enter. Hopefully there'll be another one coming up.

    2. Creator Chris Bryan on February 9, 2013

      Ref #8: Why is there a lab dedicated to developing addiction and obesity? Humanity has already gotten pretty good at those two activities without any help.

    3. Creator Greg on February 8, 2013

      Some punctuation before the 'thanks to' bit might have made it seem less judgemental toward the nominators, especially for #8 and #10.

    4. Creator Odyssey Mom on February 8, 2013

      Congrats to all. I was awed by many of the 250 'MY LAB IS...' descriptions. @Alex, if I read the update correctly, each of the 10 labs will get a signed copy of the book. There isn't anything to 'hand out'.

    5. Creator Nuno on February 8, 2013

      My bad.
      I only counted the "MY LAB IS" entries in the main comments section. There are plenty more in the actual Update section and I'm not going to do the maths. It is most likely just plain dumb luck. Damn you, quantum randomness. Damn you, but I'll trust you.

    6. Creator Nuno on February 8, 2013

      "Quantum" could be just another way of defining "from sea to shining sea", but seeing as there were about 60 "MY LAB IS" entries and only something like 17% of them were selected, it could also just be plain dumb national shipping luck.

      When you hit 225k, maybe you could add a little jenesaisquoi to the book and we'll pitch in with the shipping costs.

    7. Creator Andrew Jardine on February 8, 2013

      They're probably not sending the books internationally because of the costs to ship. I ordered a book from the States (I'm in Canada) which was about $30, plus about $5 shipping (they tacked on $4 for "processing" nice of them) and then when the book hit the border it stayed their for six weeks and arrived with the packaging torn to heck and another $25 added on.

    8. Creator Joshua Brule on February 8, 2013

      Yes! Who's the "useless undergrad research assistant" now?

      (Actually, everyone at CDCL is really friendly. The only person who calls me that is me.)

    9. Creator François Charoy on February 8, 2013

      Only labs from the US :( Quantum randomness is a b*tch

    10. Creator Alex Divinsky on February 8, 2013

      WOOHOO!!!! Thank you! I can't wait to hand these out!!!

    11. Creator Jessica Sitnik on February 8, 2013

      OMG YAY!!!! I am so excited!!!! :D Now I can laugh about SMBC while I wait for my protein gels to run!!

    12. Creator Richard Townsend on February 8, 2013

      YEA! This made our week! Thanks a lot!

    13. Creator Deno on February 8, 2013

      Huzzah for SCIENCE!

    14. Creator Lukas Daniel Klausner on February 8, 2013

      Not a single international one? :(