Science Cliches: what are your favorites?

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Sandra Porter

Judging from their groans and moans, I think sometimes that it's hard for kids to grow up with two scientists as parents. Still, over the years our kids have come to accept (and ignore) that we seem to babble in some kind of strange code peppered with discussions of DNA, software, and lately something called "Next Gen."

We'll cook dinner and start reminiscing about PV=nRT.

Our youngest daughter will try to mix water and oil for brownies and one of us will contribute cheerfully: "Like dissolves like."

Now that our oldest daughter is taking freshman chemistry, she gets to hear some new cliches. Every time she comes home and starts pushing electrons, my husband tells her that "Eight is great."

And, of course, she already knows from her high-school biotech class, that when you're running gels, you "Run to red."

What are your favorite (or least favorite) science cliches?