17 December 2010

Home Labs ~ DIY Citizen Science & Engineering

Peter Wayner's NYTimes article spots Home Labs on the Rise for the Fun of Science...
"Home labs [...] are becoming more feasible as the scientific devices that stock them become more computerized, cheaper and easier to use. [Some have] several microscopes and a telescope. Other home laboratories have tools like infrared thermometers, which can be used in the kitchen, and kits to analyze DNA at home. Many of these tools work closely with home computers and come with software that enhances their power. Others mix low-cost computers into the hardware to deliver more precise control. Some people who set up home laboratories are serious hobbyists in search of better tools; others are home-schooling parents equipping their children; and others are just curious."
Definitely part of a larger DIY citizen science and engineering movement!

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