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5 Ways to Wreck Your Centrifuge

Surprise, surprise: That low frequency wobble isn’t your colleague’s dubstep. Before your centrifuge leaps off the bench and into a spirited dance, power down to see what’s the matter before it catastrophically destroys itself, your samples and the entire lab. Here are five unfortunately easy ways to wreck a centrifuge…and how to make sure it […]

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In Equipment Mastery & Hacks 2nd of June, 2014
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Why You Should Talk to Sales Reps

People often joke about hiding from sales reps, but the fact of the matter is that valuable opportunities are lost when scientists disappear into thin air. Think twice before attempting your own vanishing act; a brief chat could reward you with amazing deals, introduce you to faster, better technology and keep you in the loop […]

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In Survive & Thrive 12th of May, 2014
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15 Laboratory Items You Can Buy In Any Store

A variety of lab supplies can be purchased off the shelf in your neighborhood, which can save you time and money* especially when compared to the added cost of shipping, handling, and markup of various items when ordering from lab vendors (*your mileage will vary). How to get reimbursed The method for procuring supplies on […]

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In Equipment Mastery & Hacks 26th of March, 2014
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My Fifteen Favorite Things To Do In The Lab

What is my most favorite task to do in the lab? Good question; it’s difficult to pick just one, so here are (quite) a few of my favorite things: 1. Working in a team This is what makes research great: in teams, numerous projects can be completed more quickly than what a single person may […]

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In Fun Stuff 5th of February, 2014
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5 Digital Photomicroscopy Competitions

Have you ever considered that your data is a work of art in the making? In particular, microscopy has the potential to capture the clearest, most stunning moments in life. And when a scientist accomplishes that, it’s a feat to share with everyone.  Why not share it through a photomicroscopy competition? Photomicroscopy competitions quickly help […]

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In Microscopy & Imaging 20th of January, 2014
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How to Make Sure You Never Lose a Lab Sample Again

It’s 11 PM…do you know where your samples are? If you dread the thought of having to hack through ice, snow and the bone-chilling depths of every freezer to locate them, flirt with frostbite only once. Better yet, never hunt for missing lab samples again! Here are some useful ways to keep track of every […]

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13th of January, 2014
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10 Easy ways to wreck your autoclave

You know how to wreck your microscope (yes, we’ve done that ourselves), and how to repurpose them when they’re old and obsolete. We’re busy brainstorming ways to destroy our centrifuge without annihilating the laboratory, so we’ll get back to you on that… Here’s our least favorite techniques to ruin that larger-than-life-sized autoclave. (Please don’t try […]

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In Equipment Mastery & Hacks 9th of October, 2013
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Common Reasons for Nightmare PhDs

From pre-doc to postdoc, there are many instances that can transform a perfectly good PhD program into a nightmarish one. Here are the most common scenarios to watch out for in graduate school – and some ideas about how to deal with them when they pop up. I wanted to get my PhD but didn’t […]

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In PhD Survival 11th of September, 2013
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8 more helpings of free PC Software for biological scientists

It’s been while since we talked about free PC software for biologists. So we thought we’d treat you to 8 more ideas that can turn you PC in to a super-bio-research-enabling-machine….. 1. Silvernote Standard Electronic note taking effectively clears the desktop of ideas scribbled on bar napkins, backs of envelopes and sticky notes. Silvernote is whitespace […]

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In Software & Online Tools 19th of August, 2013
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So You Want To Become A Digital Microscopist? Here’s Our Five Minute Guide.

If you’ve dreamed of becoming a life science photographer (and you know how to use a microscope and a digital camera), then you’re already halfway there. Put those two skills together and read on. Digital microscopists shoot photos of the very small, exotic things in life. You might think of such images as just more […]

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In Microscopy & Imaging 16th of July, 2013