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Reading for Pleasure, Writing for Science

Essentially, when you author a paper or make a poster you are telling a story (albeit non-fiction!). You want to create a narrative and impart something unique to your audience.   Tell us a story Your story should have a …

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Arise SiR Hoechst! A New Far-Red DNA Stain

Some of the most common cell-permeable DNA stains for imaging are the so-called ‘Hoechst Stains’ which are named after a German chemical company of the same name. These stains, which are also known as bisbenzimide stains, are part of a …

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Santa-ology: The Science of Christmas Present Delivery

It’s that most wonderful time of the year when the big bearded man in the red suit drops down our chimneys and leaves a stack of presents for all the good boys and girls of the world. But, where did …

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All Synthetic Life is Here: The Work of J. Craig Venter

Reading about some of the achievements and goals of J. Craig Venter, you can’t help but feeling that this maverick and innovative scientist is thinking further out of the box than his contemporaries when it comes to understanding the genome …

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Microscope Condensers -The Overlooked Optics

The two main optical components of the microscope which are adjusted and changed whilst in use are the objectives and the eyepieces. However, the other optical component which is sometimes overlooked, especially by beginners unaware of Koehler Illumination, is the …

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Home for Winter: How Birds Utilise Quantum Physics in Migration

It’s around this time of the year that we watch some species of birds leave our country and our over-wintering visitors returning. Swallows make the six week journey back to Africa between September and October, covering around 200 miles each …

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Do I have to share a microscope with the likes of you?!

Sharing microscopes with fellow scientists is part of working in science and research, however, this inevitably means having to suffer the laziness and dirty habits of other users. If you are already working in a shared facility, you will no …

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Helping Cells and Sections to Stick: Cleaning, Sterilising and Coating Slides and Coverslips

Although we very briefly touched on slide coating in a previous article, I wanted to describe in more detail the many ways in which slides and coverslips are prepared for different purposes including growing cells on them and helping sections …

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TSI products now available on the Agar eCommerce site!

Our initial range of Precision Air Pressure and Flow Measurement Instruments are available here  http://bit.ly/1KiLh7Q TSI Inc. serves a global market by investigating, identifying and solving measurement problems. As an industry leader in the design and production of precision measurement …

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Haemocytometers: You Can Count On Us!

Apart from the incubators and the Class II hoods, perhaps one of the most overlooked but important pieces of equipment in the cell culture lab is the haemocytometer. For accurate cell-seeding experiments and splitting cells, this thick glass slide is …

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