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  • New CSQ Owl Shirts!

    By JacobShiach on March 3, 2011
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      The CSQ Owl Shirts are in. And I am very happy with the result. The design is by the very talented Terry Fan (who also designed our cover). The printing was done by the group BlackSwan Screenprinters who used waterbased inks to create a softer print than I thought was possible. And finally the shirts are on really...

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    New domain & Site Construction

    By JacobShiach on January 27, 2011
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    We are in the process of moving everything to our new domain which is a whopping 3 letters shorter. Please excuse the mess as we get everything back to normal. Also if you see a bug feel free to email us.

  • Get Funded [x], Build Amazing Magazine[ ]

    By JacobShiach on January 8, 2011
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    Thanks to an overwhelming amount of support via the kickstarter campaign we now have 3x what we estimated we would need to print the first issue. With the money hurdle solved for at least two quarters and then some, we can move on to the next hurdles. Growing the community The most important hurdle and one that will probably...

  • Merry Christmas from The CSQ to You!

    By JacobShiach on December 25, 2010
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    Merry Christmas all you amazing people! I hope this holiday finds you well. I wrote Santa a letter to see if he would hand over the secret to how he travels faster than light so I could thank all of you personally for being so awesome. But he never wrote back; I guess this is a busy time for...

  • Citizen Scientist Utility Belt: Mailing Lists

    By JacobShiach on December 23, 2010
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    Possibly the most helpful and educational tool in any citizen scientists utility belt is…drum roll please…Mailing lists. “What?” you say, not something fancy and covered with web 3.0 jargon. Nope, simple mailing lists. I was first introduced to mailing lists when I subscribed to the DIYbio google group. I was expecting it to just be like a forum where I...

  • The State of Science Kits for Kids

    By JacobShiach on December 15, 2010
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    Last week, on a radio show, I made the claim that childrens Science Kits (chemistry ones specifically) had become watered down partly due to fears of liability. Of course, seeing as how I haven’t been in the market for childrens science kits for at least a few years, I needed to test my claim.  And so this past sunday, I...

  • The $25 Thermal Cycler

    By JacobShiach on December 14, 2010
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    Using a thermal cycler of his own design(circuit below) Brian Blais of Bryant College was able to achieve successful pcr.  It’s important to note, because using a simple incandescent light bulb he got ramping of 1C/sec for heating and .25C/sec for cooling which is only about 3 times slower than lab quality PCR machines. Not to mention his cost...

  • Citizen Science Degree Plan: Physics

    By JacobShiach on December 8, 2010
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    A few weeks ago my little sister, a sophomore in High school, texted me saying she wanted to drop out and become an entrepeneur. She felt school was too easy and she wanted to do something challenging. I had to stop myself from saying thats an awesome idea. Instead I chocked back the tears of pride and being the...

  • Open Science Design Contest: Orbital Shaker

    By JacobShiach on December 6, 2010
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    Open Source Orbital Shaker from jmil . Jordan Miller brings us the above orbital shaker for his entry to the Open Science Design Idea Contest.  The orbital shaker is a wonderful example of a relatively simple piece of equipment with a large price tag simply because labs will pay it. I’m very pleased Jordan submitted this and have attached...

  • Citizen Scientist of December: Jamius

    By JacobShiach on December 1, 2010
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    I could think of no one better as the first ever CSQ Citizen Scientist of the month than Jaimie Mantzel (aka Jamius). Born in Ontario, Canada Jaimie moved to the states to attend Brown University. After he graduated Jaimie grew tired of the way things were going about in the world. Rather than waste time complaining about it like...