October 3, 2011 in Things We Like
We at Tekla Labs are very much looking forward to the second annual Science Hack Day, coming up on November 12 & 13th. Tickets are free but limited, so we suggest you get yours soon! Science Hack Day is a 48-hour event that brings together scientists, designers, hackers, and anyone else interested in problem solving/learning/having fun to collaborate on user contributed science hacks. You can check out the demoed hacks from last year here, and look at what people have planned or add your own ideas to this year’s hacks here. Hope to see you there!
September 26, 2011 in Uncategorized
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August 15, 2011 in Things We Like
The June 29th issue of Nature features a really interesting collection of articles on the challenges African countries face in scientific research and development. The pieces provide a wide range of perspectives and opinions on the state of science in Africa–including first-hand accounts of the issues facing scientific advancement in African nations, and an editorial piece that posits ways in which researchers in wealthier nations can contribute to scientific growth in Africa. All of the articles are good reads, highlighting the need for sustainable solutions to the lack of scientific funding and research capacity in the developing world, and hopefully getting people thinking about how they can help build a global scientific community.
July 10, 2011 in Things We Like
We just got word of an exciting project coming from the scientists over at backyard brains. They have developed a Brain Recording Kit that allows the DIY researcher to see and hear the electrical activity of neurons. Simple, 3-step video instructions will guide you through building your own Spiker Box, and a series of experiments and tutorials posted will get you started as an electrophysiologist. For those less inclined to build their own, but who’d like to get in on some DIY electrophysiology, the Spiker Box Kit can be purchased pre-assembled and ready to be used for experiments upon delivery. And keep checking back in with backyard brains; they just received a grant from the NIH to help develop their project, so you can expect many more tutorials and interesting experiments will be added to their site in the near future.
May 12, 2011 in Things We Like
This is a beautiful 7-minute clip about the process of creating technology and art, of being a ‘Maker.’ It was shot at the Toronto Mini Maker Faire by Ryan Varga. Enjoy.
Makers: Mini Maker Fair Toronto from Ryan Varga on Vimeo.
April 27, 2011 in Things We Like
This is a neat project on making machine shop tools using recycled and off-the-shelf parts. So far, Pat Delaney and his collaborators have made a “multimachine” (lathe, grinder, mill, saw, etc), as well as a dedicated lathe, a steel drill, and a simple electricty generator. See read about more projects like this one at engineering4change.