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14 Android Apps for Scientists

If you regularly use an Android device, then you might be curious to learn about some useful apps for scientists. Make the most of your smartphone or tablet with these 14 interesting (and free!) apps: 1. LabTimer, by GrayWolf Mobile Carrying a big, bulky timer around campus (and scavenging the lab for fresh button batteries!) […]

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In Software & Online Tools 25th of July, 2012
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10 Commonly Broken Good Laboratory Practices

What comes to mind when you think of good laboratory practices? To many, good laboratory practices describes the best conduct while working at the bench. The laboratory is a complex environment and understanding how small, seemingly innocuous, actions can have such a huge impact on the outcome of an experiment will help you to ensure […]

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In Organization & Productivity 18th of June, 2012
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Do YOU Want to Work in a Lab This Summer?

Graduate programs in science can take an additional four to seven years beyond a Bachelor’s degree. That’s a lot of time to commit to advanced training! If you’re currently a high school or college student wondering if graduate school is the right path for you, perhaps an internship in a laboratory can help you decide. […]

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In Career Development & Networking 30th of April, 2012
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4 Great Websites for Bench Scientists

Friends and colleagues are excellent sources of scientific information. The Internet is too, because it is a virtual library at your fingertips. If you are looking for a great solution to a common problem (i.e. how to eliminate RNAse contamination in a laboratory), the information is waiting for you. For help with more difficult problems […]

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In Software & Online Tools 29th of February, 2012
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The Perfect Slice: Preparing Tissue Samples For IHC

When you stop to think about it, tissue slices for immunohistochemistry (IHC) undergo quite a lot of handling. From chemical reactions to washes – even manipulations and transfers between baskets and microtubes – final analysis is often hours away from the initial step of taking a tissue slice. Properly fixed tissue has to be robust […]

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In Microscopy & Imaging 15th of February, 2012
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Making a List, Checking it Twice: 5 End-of-the-year Lab Tasks

A lot of effort is spent on running experiments…and occasionally it can feel like an almost equal amount of effort is spent on administrative tasks! Policy compliance is important for keeping everyone in the lab safe, but it can be difficult to keep track of it all when your primary duties are at the bench. […]

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In Organization & Productivity 15th of December, 2011
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Who Else Wants to Save Money on Lab Supplies?

Everyone loves a bargain! These days, more and more labs need to stretch every dollar as far as it will go. So how do you keep your lab well-supplied on a tight budget? To get a better deal on products you might choose to shop around, buy in bulk or haggle with vendors. However, if […]

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In Organization & Productivity 14th of November, 2011
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Make Your Excel Worksheets Database Ready

In a previous article (Tips for Constructing Lab Databases in Excel by Emily Crow), BitesizeBio readers began a brief, but spirited commentary on the application of using true databases (MySQL, Access, etc.) versus Excel “databases”. While Excel can be quite useful to organize information (for example, an inventory of reagents, plasmids, laboratory items – even […]

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In Organization & Productivity 17th of October, 2011
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Around The Blogs

Around The Blogs is a continuing series where we bring you interesting stories – from biology to technology, and beyond. In this edition we have a brief update on how the recent US national budget agreement might affect science, an introduction to journal retractions, an important technological birthday, a poisonous rat and 3-D printing. The […]

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In Of Interest 16th of September, 2011
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A Painless Way to Extract Data from Raw Text Files

These days, raw text data sets can be spat out at you from all manner of instrumentation. This automation is efficient, however it can give you a headache when it comes to extracting very specific information from reams of characters and numbers within a raw data file. Brute force (editing or extracting data from the […]

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In Organization & Productivity 24th of August, 2011