Via Slashdot, we learn of this Popular Science story on the results of this year's survey on the worst jobs in science. It features such hard working scientists as Cheryl Knott, an anthropologist at Harvard and an orangutan pee-collector in Indonesia. Also featured in this story are brave volunteers who are willing to "have the root killer and World War I nerve agent chloropicrin shot into their eyes and noses".
It is a mix of strange things scientists do (and volunteers undergo) along with a brief (very brief, indeed) discussion of the science behind their job and their implications for the rest of us. Truly fascinating.