On Amazon you can buy these “60x” magnifying lenses for around $6. If the quotations didn’t tip you off, they are not 60x, we bought a couple different types and in general found them to be between 5x to 10x magnifying lenses with pretty intense spherical aberrations. However if that was all there was to […]
Today is Technical Tuesday! A long delayed segment where we try to dive a little deeper into the actual costs involved in particular scientific techniques. We hope to show where you can save money, and what you might lose by saving that money. Today’s topic is dynamically patterning light with Digitial Micromirror Devices. With […]
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 […]
An anonymous reader emailed us to share a small DIY microfluidic rig equipped with inexpensive board cameras. The chassis is mainly made out of laser-cut acrylic sheets, M6 nuts, and bolts. This GitHub page gives a comprehensive list of components complete with their cost, and instructions on how to assemble them.
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 […]