Reddress Sunday – Design Update

Happpy Sunday Everyone!

The layout to LabOnTheCheap has changed a bit. This means the website was a bit wacky all throughout Friday, and we may have accidentally spammed test posts to twitter (sorry about that!). The reason for the layout change is to make it easier to find old posts about particular topics as the site gets full of content, rather than just scrolling down forever. I’m not 100% sure about the layout so let us know what you think at LabOnTheCheap@gmail.com !

With the new layout, every post now has a featured image, so literally every post has been changed a little bit. There were some significant content updates as well

There won’t be a Technical Tuesday this coming week. More than likely Technical Tuesdays will be every other week unless you (yes you!) start submitting detailed tips.

Reddress Sunday

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Old posts with erroneous or incomplete information will be updated and every Sunday we will try to make note of what updates we made. We’re calling this Reddress Sunday, and we hope you get the pun. Send us suggestions and corrections for Reddress Sunday at LabOnTheCheap@gmail.com .

-The price of a BioRad 2110 is $1200, 4x the cost originally stated in Technical Tuesday: Protein Purification. Thanks to Eduardo for pointing this out.

-Use a service like NextCloud to access a local server from any device, anywhere you go. Thanks to Marc Ridilla for this suggested addition to the Technical Tuesday: Dealing with Data.

Hello Lab

The world of scientific funding is just unfair. The old guard get richer and us up-and-comers are at each others throats for scraps of funding. We need revolution in our funding procedures, in our publish-or-perish industrial outlook on science, viva la revolution!

But no… that’s not very practical. The NSF gonna NSF and Nature gonna Nature, so what can us little people do if we just want to progress the knowledge of human kind?

One thing that might help is finding cheap alternatives to prohibitively expensive lab equipment. 3D printing lab parts, buying public consumer alternatives to standard scientific equipment, and a little bit of DIY can help start a smaller, more practical movement. The kind where you don’t need the mountains of start up money only R1 universities can afford, you just need a humble hill of money, and an eye for alternatives.