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Tulip Podcast

When you think of the tools of the modern geneticist, the lowly razor blade probably don’t come to mind. But this low-tech tool is essential to the work of Dutch geneticist and passionate gardener Ben Zonneveld, who is using it to tease apart the genetic secrets of the flower whose spectacular genetic variation caused “tulip…

Fungi Podcast

This week’s podcast begins with a riddle about a life form that’s all around us, yet rarely seen. Working under cover, it sends its ghostly tendrils into almost every corner of the terrestrial world. We associate it with death and decay, but life as we know it would be impossible without it. Come for a…

Printable Iphone to Microscope mount

Thingiverse user Boogie has uploaded a pretty cool but simple design for a 3D printable iphone to microscope adapter. According to Boogie you can also use it with your android phone with the help of a few rubber bands. If you print this out and take pictures with it let us know how they turn out.…

Marabou Stork Podcast

The marabou stork of southern Africa isn’t much to look at—it’s large, ungainly, and bald like a vulture, with a nasty appetite for carrion. This bird is increasingly making a home in urban areas like the Ugandan capital of Kampala, where human city dwellers don’t much like the habits of these winged neighbors. But graduate…

3D printed “smart” rection vessels

Leroy Cronin and his team out of the University of Glasgow have used a 3D printer they modified to use bathroom sealant to develop a wide variety of custom reaction vessels. The video above shows the printing of such a vessel and how it allows for much more detailed reaction monitoring.  One vessel was printed…

“Reinventing Discovery” with Michael Nielsen

Physicist and Open Science advocate Michael Nielsen has written a new book called, Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science. Nielsen walks us through some of the amazing ways science has been effected by the ability to rapidly exchange information and ideas over the internet. The most telling example of the emergent properties that…