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I'm a scientist.
I'm pretty sure when most people think about scientists, they imagine a cranky old man in a lab coat hiding in his laboratory. He's probably muttering to himself while beakers boil and smoke around him. That's nothing like me. I wear pink safety glasses, and sometimes I sing at the top of my lungs while I'm setting up experiments. (For safety in the laboratory, I don't dance though.) Actually, that guy isn't like any of the scientists that I know, either. We are all just regular people who happen to be really curious.
For a lot of scientists, their main job is to answer a very specific scientific question: Why do certain types of brain cancer seem to spread more rapidly? Why do narwhals have tusks? Or what is the best fuel to send into space to power equipment? My job is a little different because I get to help other scientists answer their questions. I do that with instruments called flow cytometers, which use lasers to give us information about the physical properties of cells. Scientists that I work with can bring their questions to me, and we work together to design experiments using the flow cytometers to get answers. It's very exciting because I'm always learning new things, and I get to work with lasers.
So next time you envision that cranky old scientist, give him pink safety glasses, an imaginary microphone and some awesome lasers.
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