Thursday, November 17, 2005

A dirty job? - 10 worst careers in science

By Sue Vorenberg
Tribune Reporter

November 17, 2005

Which would you rather be - an orangutan-urine collector, semen washer or Los Alamos nuclear weapons scientist?

Popular Science's November issue says those first two are better than being a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Weapons scientist ranked fifth on the magazine's annual list of the 10 worst jobs in science.

It cited as proof a series of FBI investigations at the lab, classified materials accounting problems, and former Director Pete Nanos calling scientists "buttheads" and "cowboys" before shutting the lab down for months starting in December 2004.

The lab's operating contract - held by the University of California - has gone up for bid this year for the first time since Los Alamos was founded in the 1940s.

On the plus side, the job of lab scientist did rank better than the magazine's top pick - human lab rat in medical studies - and second place - manure inspector.

But of all the jobs at the lab, the worst is quite possibly held by the spokespeople stuck answering all the media's questions about scandals and problems, said Penny Boston, a scientist at New Mexico Tech who spends her time slogging through bat poop to look at strange creatures in extreme environments.


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I do not know Mr. Roark, but it sounds like he needs to lighten up a bit.
I imagine that when you are the dirty lying mouthpiece for a massively screwed up organization like UC/LANL/PA, whatever sense of humor you might once have had will have atrophied quite a while ago.

Don't worry, Kevin. Mr. Harrington will tell you how to respond to this.
The worst thing about working at LANL will probably change if (when) LM takes over and if they implement the neo-con game plan. Born in the fight AGAINST fascism LANL will have been transformed into a tool FOR fascism. International and domestic hostility will grow much beyond where it is now.
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