Touchscreen Platforms for Rodents

Here’s an interesting paper about designing a low-cost touchscreen operant chamber using a raspberry pi. Perhaps the most important takeaway here is that rats performed twice as well in the Med Associates commercial chamber. Commercial products are often more refined than DIY solutions and this is just a great reminder of the trade-off we have to think […]

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3D Printed Coverslip Holders and Spinners

Dyche Mullin’s lab at UCSF has several handy stl files for 3D printed parts. For instance, these very handy boxes for storing and transporting 22 mm coverslips after they have been cleaned or treated. They also have this delightful DIY coverslip spinner/dryer. But beware, /u/machinofacture  from Reddit has an interesting objection, “I’ve made them before (out of […]

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A DIY 2-Photon Microscope for $50k

Here’s a fantastic publication on the plans for a open-source 2-photon by David Rosenegger, Cam Tran, Jeffery Ledue, Nin Zhou and Grant Gordon. The parts list they include hits $60k, but also  involves a lot of stuff you already have lying around, like a computer to control the system. When you take that kind of stuff […]

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