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Lab's Days

March 31 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

I was recently attending a retreat of my current institute at a very nice location in Annecy. The aim of the retreat was to summarize the main results obtained the last five years but also the successes and problems that occurred. Each team showed their...

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Foreign language and living abroad

March 16 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

One of the keys for an enjoyable life in a foreign country is the mastery of the language. Many complain that economic migrants tend to stay within their community, do not interact much with the local population, or do not speak well the language of the...

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Thinking outside the box

March 12 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

Thinking inside the box is easy and brings a sense of security. Thinking outside the box is more challenging but it is the essence of progress. We praise innovations in technology, science, design, or art, but at the same time our societies tend to be...

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Learning to watch and to speak

March 10 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

I would have never predicted that I would like so much my creative hobbies. By devoting the same focus and determination that I had to learn mathematics, physics, chemistry, or doing research I endeavor to master creative photography or acting. I like...

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Deadlines and procrastination

March 10 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

I recently changed my email signature with a quote from one of my favorite philosophers, Lucius Annaeus Seneca. The quote says “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”. Having...

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International Woman's Day

March 10 2014 , Written by Wing-Fai Thi

Last Saturday was the International Woman's Day. Having such a day is symptomatic that something has to change in our societies but that at the same time it means that we are aware of the problem. Everyday should be the day of the woman. Everyday we (the...

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