laboratory equipment
3-D–Printed Ethoscopes Lower Barriers to Large-Scale Fly Behavior Studies
3-D–Printed Ethoscopes Lower Barriers to Large-Scale Fly Behavior Studies
Ruth Williams | Jan 1, 2018
The DIY devices collect data and enable light stimulation, chamber agitation, and gas infusion.
Infographic: A 3-D–Printed Ethoscope
Infographic: A 3-D–Printed Ethoscope
Ruth Williams | Dec 31, 2017
The instrument presents a new option for researchers working on large-scale fly behavior studies.
Giant Petri Dish Displays Evolution in Space and Time
Giant Petri Dish Displays Evolution in Space and Time
Jenny Rood | Sep 8, 2016
As E. coli bacteria spread over increasingly concentrated antibiotics, researchers discover novel evolutionary pathways that confer resistance.
Lab Legos
Lab Legos
Kerry Grens | Jul 20, 2016
3-D printed components allow researchers to construct custom-made instruments.
Top 10 Runners Up
Top 10 Runners Up
The Scientist Staff | Dec 1, 2015
Meet some of the products that nearly cracked the Top 10 Innovations of 2015.
Agar Shortage Limits Lab Supplies
Agar Shortage Limits Lab Supplies
Kerry Grens | Nov 24, 2015
One large provider says the shortfall should clear up by early 2016.
Opinion: Bioinformatics Software: A Buyer’s Guide
Opinion: Bioinformatics Software: A Buyer’s Guide
David R. Smith | Sep 2, 2014
How to choose programs that suit your lab’s ’omics analysis needs
Lab Tubes Contaminated with Virus
Lab Tubes Contaminated with Virus
Kerry Grens | Sep 20, 2013
A novel virus thought to have come from human samples appears to have been derived from seawater during the manufacture of tubes used to extract DNA.  
Biology Hacklabs
Biology Hacklabs
Megan Scudellari | Mar 1, 2013
Fueled by donations, sweat, and occasional dumpster diving, community laboratories for DIY biologists are cropping up around the country.
Campaign Fights Lab Sloppiness
Jef Akst | Sep 28, 2011
"Scientists Against Sample Abuse" aims to raise awareness about the importance of consistency when it comes to handling biological samples.