I work in medical imaging research. We just got a new imaging system and I am about to start working with radioactive materials. I need help identifying a good pair of lab shoes. [more inside]
I'm really trying to expand the use of digital technology in my classroom. Unfortunately, the resources at my school are fairly limited. However, I do have access to $1200 in grant money, assuming I can write a compelling enough proposal.
Help me find some affordable tech for my classroom! Needs of class inside. [more inside]
I remember an old roommate told me that she had a job in a medical lab with a bachelor's in art history (not related to lab work). I have an Associates in Arts degree and am working on my bachelors degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. I will start volunteering at the medical lab in the hospital on Thursday. Are there any jobs in the lab for people like me? Maybe after I've volunteered for a few months? Thanks.
I am in charge of buying a flatbed scanner for my lab. I am looking for a stand-alone scanner — as in, no connected computer required. Ideally, we would push a button on the scanner and then the image would be loaded directly onto a USB stick. (I have no idea what to call this type of scanner, which makes make using the Google difficult.) Also required: at least 200mm x 200mm size, and not a document-feeder type of scanner (as we will be using this for petri dishes). Any recommendations? [more inside]
I'm a grad student in the sciences, going into my (mumble) year. I've been assigned an incoming grad student to show the ropes. Great! What the hell do I do? [more inside]
I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on the daily experience of a university researcher in either psychology or the basic sciences as well as a meta-review of the job as a whole. [more inside]
I recently accepted a sales position within a company that sells laboratory equipment. (i.e. centrifuges, GC's, HPLC's, Thermal Cyclers, etc) I have no previous lab or science experience, so learning about a myriad of highly technical products/methods is a quite challenging. My main challenge comes from the fact that I need to engage in conversations with scientists, chemists, biologists on a daily basis. With no previous lab experience, I've been having a hard time talking to them on technical level. [more inside]
I need to write a paper for my clinical laboratory sciences class, but being that the teacher was unclear in her instructions, I'm not sure what qualifies as a separate laboratory and what doesn't. Something like " the hematology lab" is very broad. Can I focus on JUST histology, for example? Is there such a thing as a histology laboratory, even if it's under anatomical sciences? Or does that refer to a technique. What to do here? How would you structure this paper? Any advice is appreciated. [more inside]
Please recommend an indestructible dog bed for our 18 month old chocolate lab. [more inside]
When I first started my current job as a graduate researcher at a nominally Catholic university as an American in Belgium, my boss played a quick prank on me where he came into my office, plopped down a copy of the New Testament in Flemish, and told me I needed to study up to pass some kind of religious test. The way he did it, it was pretty funny and I’m looking for ways to prank him back. [more inside]
Lab workers: With which brand of pipette driver / pipettor should we stock our lab? [more inside]
I want to make an elementary school computer lab just work
, magically if possible. I am Windows deficient and could use guidance. [more inside]
Classy, not-too-ugly shoes. Level of difficulty: for a lady, chem and clean room lab appropriate (no heels, foot completely covered). [more inside]
I need to keep scientific samples (chips) in solution for weeks at a time, and they're growing bacteria. I suspect biologists have a good way of dealing with this, since they tend to do more solution work than I do; are any of you out there able to point me in the right direction in terms of UV lamps or something similar? [more inside]
How do I bow gracefully out of this volunteer project with a professor that just isn't working out? And should I even? [more inside]
How do I create a vibration table using a speaker? [more inside]
How can you tell where water came from? Lets say I give you a bucket of water taken from a local water source (river, lake, etc). There's some plants and maybe a fish in it as well. What could you tell me about where this water came from, could you pinpoint which body it came from, and how would you come to this conclusion? [more inside]
Meth Lab Blues. [more inside]
A question for all the molecular geneticists out there: how did you go about setting up your first lab? [more inside]
Hi, it's your friendly neighborhood biotech lab-equipment-monkey again. In a continuation of the centrifuge saga
, now that we've confirmed the unit will probably work with a proper rotor installed, I am on a quest to track down and acquire said rotor. Nobody seems to be selling it new anymore, and the ones I've found used are all missing crucial parts! Do I need better search-fu, or is it time to call the glue factory for this big old spinny beast? Halp! [more inside]
Help me find the name of a novel about a Harvard research lab. [more inside]
doesn't look like $265 of laboratory glassware, but that could be because I don't know the first thing about buying laboratory glassware beyond buying some $5 borosilicate flasks once for making yeast starters, and ignorance breeds confidence. How would one go about effectively replicating this device with off-the-shelf components from an online lab supplier? Extra lives for links!
Does University Philippines at Diliman offer Organic Chemistry Lab? [more inside]
What does an undergraduate biology lab inquiry look like? Help me work for free. [more inside]
I have a chemist friend who specializes in extracting compounds and chemicals from organic matter.
I was thinking of running some numbers around to find the feasibility of creating a profitable endeavor with his skill and lab equipment.
What is a very profitable plant extract that is legal (well.. legal to sell in most states in the US)?
After a rather disappointing year on the academic job market, I've been contacted for a phone interview at Big Government Laboratory for a position in Research Area of My Expertise. What to expect? How to prepare? [more inside]
Yes, it's true, there are still Luddites out here using 35mm film. The local concern which still develops films charges a queen's ransom to do so. Can anyone recommend a mail-in film developing lab which does good quality work, is reliable and is at least somewhat reasonable as far as price? (Costco in this area has stopped taking film...sigh).
(can't think of any snowflakes to add).
What do I say to a professor about why I want to drop out of a lab project with a professor without burning relations? [more inside]
What do you call this kind of setting (in art)? What are your favorite examples? [more inside]
In a few weeks I'll be giving a talk to my research group about chemical safety. Please help me find stories, videos, and photos to make it interesting, awe-inspiring, and informative! [more inside]
I'm a first-year Ph.D student (in chemistry), and I'm having a hard time choosing what lab I want to work in. What factors are most important to look at? [more inside]
I want to upgrade the chairs in my lab-- the ones that our human (well, undergrad)
subjects sit in to do experiments. Priorities: stability, comfort, adjustability (with a caveat). [more inside]
I'm a rising sophomore in college, and I've been working in an awesome bio research lab for the past four months or so. I'm worried that I might be coming off as incompetent to my colleagues. [more inside]
I'm looking for a specific "craft center" sort of business in or around San Jose, California where one can use industrial and high-tech machinery. [more inside]
How can I find a Japanese biomedical scientist within his/her first five years of starting a lab who will collaborate with my 'nanocluster biochemistry' lab? [more inside]
I'm trying to outfit my organization with a tiny science lab, but don't know everything I'll need or where to buy it! [more inside]
I'm starting a 3 month research project in a neuroscience lab as part of my Masters program. What should I know/do in order to make it go as smoothly as possible? [more inside]
Has anyone here used a porter-blum mt2 microtome? What do the adjustments do? [more inside]
What should I know and what could help me in a job interview for a UK College Lab Technician? [more inside]
Did the hospital save my blood samples and could they be retested? Would swine flu cause a positive test for regular flu? [more inside]
My girlfriend is a PhD student and is wondering how much general lab work (not related to research) is normal for a student (not a lab employee). Her PI does not pay her anything, all her income (stipend, lab expenses) come from other sources like grants. She is not paid extra for doing the general lab work. [more inside]
I have a gigantic ballroom reserved for a very small lab meeting. What crazy-cool things can we do to make use of this space at 9:30am on a weekday? Party? [more inside]
I'm trying to figure out my options for setting up a small digital media lab for a new non-profit, but I have no idea how to set a minimum level of server specs! How much CPU and RAM do I really need? What determines this?
The server will be used to administer local user accounts, and store files (including large media files). We may also end up using it to host our website and mail, if it makes sense (unlikely). All the main client computers will be macs, so I assume I should make life easier and just get an XServe. But I'm open to other suggestions.
See below for some prices and models for various XServe's I'm trying to choose between. How low can I go? How much CPU/RAM do I need?
Let me know if you need more information... [more inside]
How can I learn more about the grant money my lab already has? [more inside]
What to coat connectors with to create a high resistance connection? [more inside]
I'm looking for a free alternative to Photoshop that supports a LAB colorspace-intensive workflow. [more inside]
Is it realistic for me to expect that I can pay off my student loans with a lab tech job? [more inside]
What sorts of science-y work are available for a non-professional? [more inside]
Good resources for rules-of-thumb for laboratory dangers and chemical safety? [more inside]
I recently was asked to turn in my keys to a university research lab, and have a week to convince him why I should be allowed to return. Please help me. [more inside]