This Photo: Pharma Researcher or Wonka Worker?

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Nope, that's not Veruca Salt settling into her post-crisis career as a Wonka employee. What we have here is a pharmaceutical researcher at work in a clean room, her biohazard suit built into the room itself. It's an effective means of permitting easy access to a hermetically sealed clean room. It's a wonderful photo as well, saturated with elements of sci-fi transhumanism.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.