Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Open source science - equipment.

Oh for the time and money. I'm not sure if that I actually want to have a lab at home (I'm pretty sure I do) or if I just want to spend time putting together the various gadgets. Sadly it all costs money that isn't currently available on a PhD students stipend. At the very least it would be nice to see the labs here start to take an interest - the cost of some of the equipment in our labs is horrendous. And we don't even have the latest or flashiest machines that go ping.The prices of some pieces of machinery are justified, they are high complex and need to be incredibly accurate. As precision and available materials for 3d printing gets better it would be nice to see some of the cheaper pieces, less complex pieces of machinery being maintained in house.

The kickstarter project that is building home spectrometry kits is fully funded, which is a good thing to see. I would still urge you to got and support it if you are able, the more we see of people creating the basic equipment from readily available technology the less money we will have to spend on equipment and the more money we have to spend on scientists doing science.

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