Tag: openness

Large scale, open neuroscience is a work-in-progress

The International Brain Lab (IBL) project has an outstanding team of PIs, covering both theory and experiments. The measurements themselves are interesting, and can lead to important insights. However, what is most distinctive is the organization of the project. The experimental labs will all train mice to perform the same task, and each lab will

Democratized state-of-the-art neuroscience

Andre and colleagues have a preprint up on their project generating inexpensive instrumentation for imaging and optogenetics experiments. The 100 Euro Lab: A 3-D Printable Open Source Platform For Fluorescence Microscopy, Optogenetics And Accurate Temperature Control During Behaviour Of Zebrafish, Drosophila And C. elegans. The authors use this instrumentation in courses at African universities. Open

Pre-preprint: blogging a project

SLAB is trying something new with one project in the lab. Prior to drafting a preprint, we’re blogging the project and sharing the results and analysis. We invite anyone to comment on the work.

Allen Institute’s Brain Observatory data set

The Allen Institute has released the first set of data from their Brain Observatory project. Many of you already know about this, but I wanted to post about it to encourage people to take a bit of time to check out the data set themselves. They have a github page with materials that can help

TriggerScope for imaging system device control

Austin Blanco has designed and built an open-source system for controlling complex imaging systems called TriggerScope. It’s highly customizable out of the box, and both the firmware and software are open.

More mini computers

Raspberry Pi is the most popular mini computer right now, but there are other options. SolidRun sells two. The first is a sleek cube called the CuBox-i (pictured above). The second is a barebones board, the Hummingboard.

A higher-tech open syringe pump

Theo Walker has a very nice open syringe pump design that has some advantages over another open syringe pump project we’ve covered (though the latter is less expensive).

3D printed syringe pump

Here’s a syringe pump, plans and specs.

OpenLabTools at Cambridge

OpenLabTools is a new initiative at Cambridge University, using engineering students to develop modular lab equipment. The OpenLabTools initiative aims to provide a forum and knowledge centre for the development of low cost and open access scientific tools, with an emphasis on undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. The programme is developed thanks to contributions

Optomechanics and microscopy technical notes – many items

Vojnovic’s group at Oxford has dozens of technical notes. Most are concise, and include software code, if applicable. SolidWorks files and PCB files are available on request. Here are a few examples: A motorized 4-way optical path selector Run by a servo, < 100 microrads reproducibility A power supply for a tunable lens Devices like

Open source waterbath

An Arduino-powered open source water bath by Luis Zaman.

bioRxiv – The biology preprint server

Launched late last year, CSHL-funded bioRxiv is picking up steam. This is a preprint server, like arXiv, but focused on biology rather than math/physics/com sci/and other quantitative fields, like arXiv is. It’s certainly not the first preprint server for biology papers, even arXiv has biology papers in their quantitative biology section. Labrigger generally welcomes the

AutoHotKey for repetitive tasks

This the favorite tip Labrigger has received this week. Here it is, unedited, and in its entirety: I often use autohotkey for repetitive file naming and key remapping when I am forced to use clunky software on a windows computer I don’t plan on living on for long. It makes working with these programs much

Pitch in and share!

Don’t be shy. If you have a tip to share, however small or big, please do so using the new link above. You can do it anonymously, if you like. Or you can get full credit. Or initials, or a pseudonym. Whatever you want. And it can be as brief as you like. Simply a

Over 100 DIY pieces of lab equipment

Labrigger previously mentioned this contest. All of the 173 projects are online for your perusal. See if any of them inspire you.