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  • Cheap A** Microscope Incubator

    By JacobShiach on August 18, 2011
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    Joseph Elsbernd, a Graduate student out of UC Davis Med Center, has built a rather ingenious tool for keeping his cultures warm while on the microscope. Using some pvc, plastic sheeting, a bit of duck tape and a hair dryer he built a fully encompassing incubator for his microscope. I especially like the picture below showing how his first...

  • Branch Tip Spider Podcast

    By EOL on August 12, 2011
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    The hills near Missoula, Montana, are changing, native grasses and other plants increasingly squeezed out by nonnative plants. Knapweed, cinquefoil, and other weeds aren’t only changing the look of this ecosystem but its very structure. As ecologist Dean Pearson’s research has shown, however, some species are benefitting from the changed habitat in unexpected ways. You just have to look...

  • Stanford offers ‘Intro to Artificial Intelligence Class’ for Free

    By JacobShiach on August 6, 2011
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    This fall, Stanford professors Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig will offer their “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” class online for free. Most major universities already offer a selection of their class lectures online through their youtube channels or ItunesU. But this is the first times I’ve heard of a university opening up a class for anyone to enroll, get graded...

  • A Quick Look Inside Genspace: a DIYbio Lab

    By JacobShiach on July 17, 2011
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    This past week I was invited to NYC along with other members of the DIYbio community to take part in a FBI/DIYbio Workshop. And before I address the issue of “What in the world does the FBI want with DIYbio?” I wanted to share a video I took of Genspace who was co-hosting the workshop. For those who don’t...

  • Near-Infrared Camera Conversion

    By JacobShiach on July 7, 2011
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    The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science(PLOTS) present this surprisingly simple yet  effective conversion of a cheap digital camera into a near-infrared camera. Now why would you want to convert your camera so it only takes pictures of something not visible to the human eye? Taking photos with IR information can be used to generate NDVI (which stands...

  • Open Source, Inkjet based oligonucleotide synthesizer and microarrayer

    By JacobShiach on June 22, 2011
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    At last weeks SB5.0 conference, Siyuan Chen, an engineer from Agilent Technologies, remarked during his talk that one “shouldn’t try to get DNA synthesis to work with a home computer because it wouldn’t work”. This is a gauntlet thrown if ever I did see one. And I promptly accepted said gauntlet over twitter. Yet it would seem that someone...

  • Cassini Mission

    A view from the Cassini Mission

    By JacobShiach on June 8, 2011
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    When asked what space looked like, I would probably show you bright and colorful imagery of colliding galaxies and exploding stars likely from the Hubble. But Chris Abbas has turned my view of space on it’s head with his stunning presentation of footage collected from the Cassini Mission.

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    Build your own Liquid Nitrogen Generator

    By Ben Krasnow on May 10, 2011
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    I have always been intrigued by science demonstrations using liquid nitrogen, and often made trips to a local welding supply store with my stainless steel vacuum flask to purchase liquid nitrogen and satisfy my cryogenic craving at home. After a few fill-ups, I wondered about the possibility of making liquid nitrogen on demand. Some companies have already produced self-contained liquid...

  • CSQ lands on a Saint Paul bookstore shelf

    By Carolina Astrain on May 7, 2011
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    When Jacob started the Citizen Science Quarterly, we were still roommates. We were living together in Houston’s Museum District. At the time the Museum District wadded between being dilapidation and gentrification. Our neighbor to the left was a strip of new town homes. Our neighbor to the right was an abandoned crack house. I could see the homeless and local dopers...

  • Cathal Garvey demonstrating a DIY DNA extraction

    By JacobShiach on May 2, 2011
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    To all those suffering from the predisposition, that biology or it's VC friendly cousin, Biotech, is complicated. Requiring a large amount of resources to get started. Watch as Cathal Garvey extracts DNA in a tent on a windy Irish country side while expounding on the benefits of open sourced biotech.