Tag Archives: laboratory

You Will Never See Mold The Same Way Again

5 Apr


This video is mind-blowing in it’s quality and dedication. Many of these molds take days or even weeks to grow, and all such organisms, due to their spore-forming nature, must be handled in a designated Class III lab. This wasn’t some bored dude in his kitchen, this was a person with access to a designated space and a great talent for videography.

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Acoustic Focusing in Flow Cytometry

22 Mar

I will admit that I am a bit of a flow cytometry nerd. Our medical lab science program only has one graduate class so far, and it is in diagnostic flow cytometry. I begged the department head to let me take it, despite not having yet fulfilled my immunology requirement. I had taken the hematology class though, and flow cytometry is most commonly used in the medical lab to identify and monitor hematological diseases, so they decided to let me take it. I was ecstatic, and flow cytometry is still one of my favorite instrumentation methods. So this little video demonstrating acoustic focusing made my day.

Emission Scarves

21 Mar

I’m bring the wonderfully adorable Becky Stern back into the spotlight. Her amazing science inspired art never fails to amaze me! Today it is emission scarves. She is currently selling her silicon emission scarf at her esty shop.


 Here is the scientist/artist herself, wearing a beautiful Molybdenum emission scarf. She is a very beautiful and creative lady.

To see more of her work, visit her website, which is full of entertainment for scientists and artists alike ❤

Electrophoresis Love

18 Mar


Electrophoresis is beautiful!
❤ ❤ ❤

Band Aids for Every Lab

15 Mar

Every laboratory needs a box of these.


Every scientist knows that ninja fights, shark bites, pipette jousting, and dance offs are the top four causes of laboratory accidents.

Dynamite Science Dance

7 Mar

To highlight some of the critical work being done at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre, they gathered some of our top scientists, students, lab techs and dedicated volunteers, who turned on the music and danced!

Everyone should dance everyday, especially in the lab ^_^

Tales of an Unemployed Lab Geek

2 Mar

Me in the morning is something not quite human. I’m usually some sort of sleepy science monster, wrapped up in a tangle of blankets and giant microbe plushies, hair all askew, mumbling things about how the evil sun won’t stop throwing photons at me. My delightful perkiness doesn’t occur until after my third morning cup of coffee.

Which is why I was thrown off guard when I received a call from a lab I applied to online less than 12 hours earlier. Talk about quick turn around time. It was a pre-interview asking about my recently graduated and ASCP certified status, and whether or not I had been to their city before (A place which recently hit -50 degrees Fahrenheit). They asked about my favorite aspects of the lab (Hematology and Bloodbanking). They informed me that if they were interested, they would send me a webcam to do a first interview, and fly me up for a final interview.
I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really want this job. They offer more opportunities for bloodbanking experience than a lot of other labs. The local college is nationally famous for its well-funded science programs, so I would be able to take more chemistry and statistics classes to prep for grad school, as well as take more biology classes because biology is my one true love. Well, one of them. I have many one true loves.

Though coffee is probably the biggest of all my one true loves.

It is a place that I would not only survive, but thrive, and that’s what I want in life.

Also, unemployment is incredibly, incredibly boring. I am going through severe lab withdrawl. It’s been 3 month since I’ve played with blood or listened to the happy purring of analyzers. Scientists of the world, employ me!!!

Look at me, doing ALL THE SCIENCE!!!
(Though my hair is no longer pink, but a nice lovely shade of normal.)