Check out this new article in Plos One about a 3D printed syringe pump. Joshua Pearce is the author of the “Open source Lab” book. Check out his presentation here.
“This article explores a new open-source method for developing and manufacturing high-quality scientific equipment suitable for use in virtually any laboratory. A syringe pump was designed using freely available open-source computer aided design (CAD) software and manufactured using an open-source RepRap 3-D printer and readily available parts. The design, bill of materials and assembly instructions are globally available to anyone wishing to use them.”
Sparkfun is now selling the brand new Intel Edison and has designed a lot of interesting break-out boards for it. Check out their product pages (example) for more information! Check the Edison specifications here (PDF).
Update: Unboxing video from MAKE: Magazine.
Peggy Gerullis and Stefan Schuster from the university of Bayreuth (their paper in Current Biology): “By using specifically trained fish, we were able to monitor several aspects of jet production and propagation as the fish fired at targets over a much wider range of distances than previously explored. We show that jets that have to travel farther also live longer. Furthermore, the time needed until water assembles at the jet tip is not fixed. Rather, it is adjusted so that maximum focusing occurs just before impact. Surprisingly, the fish achieve this by modulating the dynamics of changes in the cross-section of their mouth opening, a mechanism that seems to not have been applied yet in human-built nozzles.” Read more about it here.
“This is the sort of stuff I get up in the morning for (…) I so wanna go to work today because I’m gonna find out something new (…) Seriously, I would do that stuff for free.(…) Look I’ve got goosebumps”
That’s the spirit! Love the accent…
Shane Battye, the creator of Pathobin.com (very cool website! check it out!) has just posted a video on how to quickly capture great pictures of slides with your smartphone (he uses an iphone’s panorama mode). The ‘Universal Phone Microscope Adapter‘ can be downloaded from the thingiverse. Nice little trick indeed.