My brief appearance in Downton Abbey: Nature readers share stories of side gigs

From rugby refereeing to film and television work, a poll reveals scientists’ first jobs and what they learnt from them. Nature Rosemary Green had many side jobs as a PhD student. Most of them bring back fond memories — but not all. She wouldn’t recommend taking part in a battle scene for the 2011 superhero film Thor, for example, because for her it involved “lying in mud for ten hours and getting really, really cold”. Green, who now researches diet

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