The 2003 Readers' Choice Awards

"Give us the tools, and we will finish the job."--Winston Churchill Centrifuges, imaging systems, pipettes, PCR instruments, microscopes, and more--all indispensable components of the scientist's toolbox. They make science happen. Moreover, they make science compelling. Why else would television programs such as CSI and The X-Files devote so much screen time to such high-tech gadgetry? Most labs have these things, and naturally, researchers have their preferences. So, like last year, we

Jeffrey Perkel
Dec 14, 2003

"Give us the tools, and we will finish the job."--Winston Churchill

Centrifuges, imaging systems, pipettes, PCR instruments, microscopes, and more--all indispensable components of the scientist's toolbox. They make science happen. Moreover, they make science compelling. Why else would television programs such as CSI and The X-Files devote so much screen time to such high-tech gadgetry?

Most labs have these things, and naturally, researchers have their preferences. So, like last year, we asked readers to choose their favorites. The result: the second annual Readers' Choice Awards.

We invited readers of The Scientist to choose their favorite instruments, kits, and gadgets; to click on the best Web sites, software, and book titles; and to applaud the best customer service they've seen this year. Voting took place on our Web site between Sept. 22 and Oct. 10. Tight races produced ties in two classifications, giving a grand total of 32 finalists...