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Friday Whatsit for July 2, 2010

July 2, 2010

Whatsit for Friday June 2, 2010

What is this?

Occasionally one of our machines acts up and we have to do a round of testing to figure out what the problem is and how to fix it.  Usually we have about 10 minutes to do this before the person who was using the machine gets tired of waiting and decides to come back another day.  So when testing microscopes, we tend to grab whatever is at hand.

This came from a test run on our Leica laser scanning confocal microscope.  It’s something that sits right beside the microscope at all times and gets used every day.

What is it?  Guesses in the comments section, answer on Monday (yes, even with the holiday, gotta love scheduled publication!).

From → Basic Biology

  1. Whalegeek permalink

    Gummy worms! Mark says it’s “your brain on drugs.” Are we close???? :-))

    • Mmm, no on both counts. I WISH we had gummy worms by the microscopes, that would be fun. Sticky, but fun. And while people do use their brains when imaging (at least, most people do) it isn’t brain cells. He’s right, those would be some seriously tangled up brain cells.

  2. April permalink

    My guess is paper towel

    • Go April! It’s a Kimwipe, which is a softer, smaller (and way more expensive) version of a paper towel used for more “delicate” lab tasks.

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