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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 hereĀ  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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Finder Slides: Finding and Re-Locating Areas of Interest on Microscope Slides

How often have you been scanning a new batch of slides and found an area of interest which you wish to show to a colleague or come back to at a later date? Marking the slide or the coverslip with …

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Here Comes The Sun: The Science of the Summer Solstice

Given the weather in the UK during most of May, you could be forgiven for thinking it was still spring (although, technically it was)! However, Sunday 21st June 2015 sees the summer solstice dawn upon us. So, what exactly is …

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Love in the Lab: Why Sexism is Still an Issue

Sexism in science reared its ugly and unwelcome head again recently when Sir Tim Hunt stood up on the 9th of June to address the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, South Korea. In front of an audience of …

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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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The Origins and Development of the Confocal Scanning Microscope

It all starts in New York City in the summer of 1927 with the birth of Marvin Lee Minsky. Following his high school education (and a brief stint in the US Navy during WW II), he went on to gain …

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Microscope Configurations: A Brief History of the Compound, Inverted and Stereo Microscopes

It is still unclear when the first microscope was invented and who was credited with the invention. The general opinion is that a Dutch spectacle/eyeglass maker by the name of Zaccharias Janssen (1585-1632) invented and constructed a microscope sometime between …

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