Backyard Radio Astronomy

Want to build yourself a radio telescope? The Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers has a rich catalog of tutorials to build them on the cheap. Of particular interest are instructions to create an “Itty Bitty Radio Telescope” out of a TV Satellite dish, as well as VLF radio reciever kits for $120. And since we […]

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Surplus Chemical Programs

At some universities, Chemical Surplus Programs provide an official channel to leave and take chemicals stocks. If your lab has a chemical that you aren’t going to use up, you donate it and save space. If your lab needs a chemical, you can check the surplus program before purchasing it and save some money. Below […]

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An AIP Tool to help you negotiate salary.

Not sure where to start salary negotiations for a US institution? The American Institute of Physics Statistical Research Center has created a Salary Calculator tool to calculate the mean salary, and it’s standard deviation, given a set of factors such as location, experience, and gender. The tool is based on a survey of 1700 faculty members […]

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Lab On The Cheap On The Cheap

Last year for April Fools we wrote about the comparative costs of hiring graduate students, postdocs, and lab techs. A pay structure that has always deeply annoyed me. To keep up with the mildly irrelevant LabOnTheCheap April Fools posts, this post is about some numbers near and dear to our hearts: the cheapness of running […]

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