Craniobot

Mice studies are ubiquitous in neuroscience labs and require a huge amount of time and expertise. And both of those things cost big $$$ which makes the field less accessible. University of Minnesota scientists Leila Ghanbari and Mathew Rynes (along with a long list of collaborators) have developed an impressive robot which can perform cranial […]

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Pretty Good Focus

There is nothing worse than arriving in the morning to find that your overnight data acquisition drifted out of focus two hours in. However, commercial focus stabilization set ups only come on expensive and relatively recent microscopes. The coy-ly named Pretty Good Focus (pgFocus), is an open source hardware/software device for focus stabilization designed by Karl […]

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Miniscope

The Miniscope uses wide-field fluorescence imaging to record neural activity in awake, freely moving mice. It has a mass of 3 grams and uses a single, flexible coaxial cable for power, control signals, and imaging data. You can buy for just under two grand as well as other parts on labmaker.org. You can read a […]

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