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Earlier this summer, building toy makers Lego released the Research Institute: A new set that featured female minifigures in science professions, including a paleontologist, astronomer and chemist. The set may have been a response to a young girl’s plea for Lego to “make more Lego girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun,” and the Research Institute was such a huge success that it’s already sold out online.

But fear not, as you can still get into the world of the Lego women who work at the Research Institute by following them on Twitter @LegoAcademics!

On the account (whose true creator is not entirely known), the researchers bring you insights on the challenges of modern academia, including frustrating peer review processes…

… that caffeine addiction…

… and the difficult task of conducting research with so much paperwork to take care of.

The account is a fun and light-hearted glimpse into the life of a researcher. If you ever find your friends and family wondering what it’s like to be a researcher, the Lego Academics might be a quick and easy way to explain it to them so you can get back to formatting your paper sooner.

Our regular feature, Right Turn, showcases the “lighter” side of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Every Friday, we will bring you cartoons, photos, videos and other content that may be just as thought provoking as the written submissions that you are used to finding here, but they definitely won’t be blogs.

As always, we welcome your feedback and we also welcome suitable submissions. Be creative! Use the right (!) side of your brain. Make us laugh! Let’s see if we can make this new direction a positive one for all of us. Send your submission to info(at)

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Peter Raaymakers

Peter Raaymakers

Communications Coordinator at Stem Cell Network
Peter is the Stem Cell Network's Communications Manager, and he has been with the Network since early 2010. He's a communicator by trade who hadn't taken a science course since grade 11, so his foray into the field of advanced science and research has been an eye-opening bit of mental exercise--but a very rewarding one.