The “I actually grew up AND became a paleontologist who studies dinosaurs” badge.

Out of the millions of children who aspire to work with dinosaurs, this recipient is actually someone who does precisely that.

The “I actually grew up AND became a paleontologist who studies dinosaurs” badge.

Out of the millions of children who aspire to work with dinosaurs, this recipient is actually someone who does precisely that.

The “I actually grew up AND became a marine biologist” badge.

Out of the millions of children who aspire to work with dolphins and their ilk, this recipient is actually someone who does precisely that.

The “I actually grew up AND became a marine biologist” badge.

Out of the millions of children who aspire to work with dolphins and their ilk, this recipient is actually someone who does precisely that.

The “I may look like a scientist, but I’m actually also a pirate” badge.

Drinks rum. Into pillaging and stuff. Soft spot for evolutionary biology. (J)

The “I may look like a scientist, but I’m actually also a pirate” badge.

Drinks rum. Into pillaging and stuff. Soft spot for evolutionary biology. (J)

The “active volcano is my research locale” badge.

More exotic than the usual laboratory bench. (R)

The “active volcano is my research locale” badge.

More exotic than the usual laboratory bench. (R)

The “I build robots” badge (LEVEL IV)

In which, technically technically, the recipient is not in the business of world domination (as dictated by membership rules), but has built a robot that is. (R)

The “I build robots” badge (LEVEL IV)

In which, technically technically, the recipient is not in the business of world domination (as dictated by membership rules), but has built a robot that is. (R)

The “I build robots” badge (LEVEL III)

In which recipients have built a fully autonomous robot. (R)

The “I build robots” badge (LEVEL III)

In which recipients have built a fully autonomous robot. (R)

The “I build robots” badge (LEVEL II)

In which recipients have built a semi-autonomous robot. (R)

The “I build robots” badge (LEVEL II)

In which recipients have built a semi-autonomous robot. (R)

The “I’ve had to use the safety shower in my lab” badge.

Photographs accompanying this badge should be worth at least a free drink or two.

The “I’ve had to use the safety shower in my lab” badge.

Photographs accompanying this badge should be worth at least a free drink or two.

The “I’ve eaten what I study” badge.

Recipients have prepared their object of study as a cuisine item for eating. Hopefully, the minority of MD’s are ineligible for this one. (J)

The “I’ve eaten what I study” badge.

Recipients have prepared their object of study as a cuisine item for eating. Hopefully, the minority of MD’s are ineligible for this one. (J)

The “I AM actually a freaking rocket scientist” badge.

For members who can utter the phrase “It’s not rocket science” with authority. (DG)

The “I AM actually a freaking rocket scientist” badge.

For members who can utter the phrase “It’s not rocket science” with authority. (DG)

The “has done science whilst under the influence” badge.

This can apply to both achieving moments of intellectual clarity or actual performance of an experiment whilst under the influence. It presumes talking about science under the influence a given. (JD)

The “has done science whilst under the influence” badge.

This can apply to both achieving moments of intellectual clarity or actual performance of an experiment whilst under the influence. It presumes talking about science under the influence a given. (JD)

The “works in feces” badge.

Clearly, different from the “with feces” and deserving of a badge.

The “works in feces” badge.

Clearly, different from the “with feces” and deserving of a badge.

The “works with feces” badge.

In which the recipient has worked with feces. (H)

The “works with feces” badge.

In which the recipient has worked with feces. (H)

The “works with acids” badge.

In which the recipient has worked with acids. (L)

The “works with acids” badge.

In which the recipient has worked with acids. (L)

The “working on alternative fuels” badge.

In which the recipient actually tries to avoid burning stuff and is doing research on alternative fuels.

The “working on alternative fuels” badge.

In which the recipient actually tries to avoid burning stuff and is doing research on alternative fuels.

The “I’ve set fire to stuff” badge (LEVEL IV).

In which the recipient has set fire to his or herself while performing experiments in the name of science. Cooking or drinking accidents do not qualify one for this badge. (JM)

The “I’ve set fire to stuff” badge (LEVEL IV).

In which the recipient has set fire to his or herself while performing experiments in the name of science. Cooking or drinking accidents do not qualify one for this badge. (JM)

The “I’ve set fire to stuff” badge (LEVEL III).

In which the recipient has set fire to stuff, while fully aware of all thermodynamic principles at play. (AB)

The “I’ve set fire to stuff” badge (LEVEL III).

In which the recipient has set fire to stuff, while fully aware of all thermodynamic principles at play. (AB)

The “I’ve set fire to stuff” badge (LEVEL II).

In which the recipient has set fire to stuff, while fully aware of all combustion principles at play. (AB)

The “I’ve set fire to stuff” badge (LEVEL II).

In which the recipient has set fire to stuff, while fully aware of all combustion principles at play. (AB)

The “I’ve set fire to stuff” badge (LEVEL I).

In which the recipient has set fire to stuff, all in the name of general scientific curiosity. (AB)

The “I’ve set fire to stuff” badge (LEVEL I).

In which the recipient has set fire to stuff, all in the name of general scientific curiosity. (AB)

The “works with very large and potentially dangerous organisms” badge.

In which recipient conducts hazardous research on very large creatures. (MH)

The “works with very large and potentially dangerous organisms” badge.

In which recipient conducts hazardous research on very large creatures. (MH)

The “works with very small and potentially dangerous organisms” badge.

In which recipient conducts hazardous research on very small creatures.

The “works with very small and potentially dangerous organisms” badge.

In which recipient conducts hazardous research on very small creatures.

The “world’s foremost expert on an obscure subject” badge.

In which the recipient is the leading expert in a fieldthat few others share an interest in. (MH)

The “world’s foremost expert on an obscure subject” badge.

In which the recipient is the leading expert in a fieldthat few others share an interest in. (MH)

The “have violated the posterior of an animal in the name of science” badge.

For those who study medical and/or microbiological issues related to things carried rectally. (LL)

The “have violated the posterior of an animal in the name of science” badge.

For those who study medical and/or microbiological issues related to things carried rectally. (LL)

The “statistical linear regression” badge.

We figured that if you actually know what those three words together mean, then you deserve a badge (Yes, we know it’s a normal distribution). Statistics rock! (NG)

The “statistical linear regression” badge.

We figured that if you actually know what those three words together mean, then you deserve a badge (Yes, we know it’s a normal distribution). Statistics rock! (NG)

The “I’m into telescopes astro” badge (LEVEL IV)

In which friends agree that the recipient spends so much time on a telescope, that he/she even kind of looks like a telescope.

The “I’m into telescopes astro” badge (LEVEL IV)

In which friends agree that the recipient spends so much time on a telescope, that he/she even kind of looks like a telescope.

The “I’m into telescopes astro” badge (LEVEL III)

In which the recipient has had time on a space telescope to view celestial objects. (SS)

The “I’m into telescopes astro” badge (LEVEL III)

In which the recipient has had time on a space telescope to view celestial objects. (SS)

The “I’m into telescopes astro” badge (LEVEL II)

In which the recipient has had time on a professional telescope to view celestial objects. (SS)

The “I’m into telescopes astro” badge (LEVEL II)

In which the recipient has had time on a professional telescope to view celestial objects. (SS)

The “I’m into telescopes astro” badge (LEVEL I)

In which the recipient has used a telescope to view celestial objects. (SS)

The “I’m into telescopes astro” badge (LEVEL I)

In which the recipient has used a telescope to view celestial objects. (SS)

The “somewhat confused as to what scientific field I actually belong to” badge

Also known as the transdiscplinary, interdiscplinary, multidisciplinary, or intradisciplinary badge. (D)

The “somewhat confused as to what scientific field I actually belong to” badge

Also known as the transdiscplinary, interdiscplinary, multidisciplinary, or intradisciplinary badge. (D)

The “science has forced me to seek medical attention” badge

In which the recipient has had to pay a visit to the hospital as a result of scientific work. (MF)

The “science has forced me to seek medical attention” badge

In which the recipient has had to pay a visit to the hospital as a result of scientific work. (MF)

The “totally digs highly exothermic reactions” badge.

Might be best to keep an eye on such recipients. (JM)

The “totally digs highly exothermic reactions” badge.

Might be best to keep an eye on such recipients. (JM)

The “experienced with electrical shock” badge (LEVEL III)

In which the recipient has had experience with the electrical shocking of himself/herself. (JL)

The “experienced with electrical shock” badge (LEVEL III)

In which the recipient has had experience with the electrical shocking of himself/herself. (JL)

The “experienced with electrical shock” badge (LEVEL II)

In which the recipient has had experience with the electrical shocking of a human. (SH)

The “experienced with electrical shock” badge (LEVEL II)

In which the recipient has had experience with the electrical shocking of a human. (SH)

The “experienced with electrical shock” badge (LEVEL I)

In which the recipient has had experience with the electrical shocking of an organism. (SH)

The “experienced with electrical shock” badge (LEVEL I)

In which the recipient has had experience with the electrical shocking of an organism. (SH)

The “cloner” badge.

In which the recipient has cloned something or other. Rules to a drinking game concerning this badge will be forthcoming. (RPM)

The “cloner” badge.

In which the recipient has cloned something or other. Rules to a drinking game concerning this badge will be forthcoming. (RPM)

The “have used a dental drill and I’ve never been a dentist” badge

We’re not sure if this is a specialist badge. We do hope so, though. (PZM)

The “have used a dental drill and I’ve never been a dentist” badge

We’re not sure if this is a specialist badge. We do hope so, though. (PZM)

The “I’m a scientist who is fundamentally opposed to administrative duties” badge.

Presumably a badge with a scientific consensus even stronger than that seen in the climate change arena.

The “I’m a scientist who is fundamentally opposed to administrative duties” badge.

Presumably a badge with a scientific consensus even stronger than that seen in the climate change arena.

The “I know what a tadpole is” badge.

In which the recipient knows what a tadpole is. Basically, an easy way to get a badge that looks a little like the semen one above.

The “I know what a tadpole is” badge.

In which the recipient knows what a tadpole is. Basically, an easy way to get a badge that looks a little like the semen one above.

The “I’ve done science with no conceivable practical application” badge.

There are probably more who are deserving of this badge than you would expect. (BZ)

The “I’ve done science with no conceivable practical application” badge.

There are probably more who are deserving of this badge than you would expect. (BZ)

The “inordinately fond of invertebrate” badge.

In which the recipient professes an arguably unhealthy affinity for things of this category.

The “inordinately fond of invertebrate” badge.

In which the recipient professes an arguably unhealthy affinity for things of this category.

The “knows how to harvest horse pituitary glands” badge.

Needless to say, this is one of our specialist badges. (JL)

The “knows how to harvest horse pituitary glands” badge.

Needless to say, this is one of our specialist badges. (JL)

The “worship me – I’ve published in Nature or Science” badge.

In which the recipient has research published at Nature or Science.

The “worship me – I’ve published in Nature or Science” badge.

In which the recipient has research published at Nature or Science.

The “respect me – I’ve published at an upper tier publication for popular science readership” badge.

In which the recipient has science works in print at publications with circulations of 50,000 or higher.

The “respect me – I’ve published at an upper tier publication for popular science readership” badge.

In which the recipient has science works in print at publications with circulations of 50,000 or higher.

The “dodger of monkey shit” badge.

One of our self explanatory badges. (EM)

The “dodger of monkey shit” badge.

One of our self explanatory badges. (EM)