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
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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
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
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
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
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Labrigger previously mentioned this contest. All of the 173 projects are online for your perusal. See if any of them inspire you.
Creative Commons‘ science section has an easy-to-use web page that generates a PDF form you can attach to the publisher’s copyright form to ensure you reserve certain rights. More info from Cornell Previously on Labrigger: DIY open access Future publishing Hat tip to LC
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