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Raspberry Pi: a versatile tool for biological sciences

Reading Time: 3 minutes Over the nine-ish years since the release of our first model, we’ve watched grow a thriving global community of Raspberry Pi enthusiasts, hobbyists, and educators. But did you know that Raspberry Pi is also increasingly used in scientific research? Some of the scientific applications of Raspberry Pi that Jolle found Dr Jolle Jolles, a behavioural […]

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Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera powers up homemade microscope

Reading Time: 3 minutes Wow, DIY-Maxwell, wow. This reddit user got their hands on one of our new Raspberry Pi High Quality Cameras and decided to upgrade their homemade microscope with it. The brains of the thing are also provided by a Raspberry Pi. Key features Raspberry Pi OS 8 MegaPixel CMOS camera (Full HD 30 fps video) Imaging […]

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Help medical research with folding@home

Reading Time: 3 minutes Did you know: the first machine to break the exaflop barrier (one quintillion floating‑point operations per second) wasn’t a huge dedicated IBM supercomputer, but a bunch of interconnected PCs with ordinary CPUs and gaming GPUs. With that in mind, welcome to the [email protected] project, which is targeting its enormous power at COVID-19 research. It’s effectively […]

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FluSense takes on COVID-19 with Raspberry Pi

Reading Time: 3 minutes Raspberry Pi devices are often used by scientists, especially in biology to capture and analyse data, and a particularly striking – and sobering – project has made the news this week. Researchers at UMass Amherst have created FluSense, a dictionary-sized piece of equipment comprising a cheap microphone array, a thermal sensor, an Intel Movidius 2 […]

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Raspberry Pi vs antibiotic resistance: microbiology imaging with open source hardware

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Edwards Lab at the University of Reading has developed a flexible, low-cost, open source lab robot for capturing images of microbiology samples with a Raspberry Pi camera module. It’s called POLIR, for Raspberry Pi camera Open-source Laboratory Imaging Robot. Here’s a timelapse video of them assembling it. Measuring antibiotic resistance with colour-changing dye The […]

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Growth Monitor pi: an open monitoring system for plant science

Reading Time: 3 minutes Plant scientists and agronomists use growth chambers to provide consistent growing conditions for the plants they study. This reduces confounding variables – inconsistent temperature or light levels, for example – that could render the results of their experiments less meaningful. To make sure that conditions really are consistent both within and between growth chambers, which […]

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A low-cost, open-source, computer-assisted microscope

Reading Time: 2 minutes Low-cost open labware is a good thing in the world, and I was particularly pleased when micropalaeontologist Martin Tetard got in touch about the Raspberry Pi-based microscope he is developing. The project is called microscoPI (what else?), and it can capture, process, and store images and image analysis results. Martin is engaged in climate research: […]

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Saving biologists’ time with Raspberry Pi

Reading Time: 2 minutes In an effort to save themselves and fellow biologists hours of time each week, Team IoHeat are currently prototyping a device that allows solutions to be heated while they are still in cold storage. The IoHeat team didn’t provide any photos with their project writeup, so here’s a picture of a bored biologist that I […]

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OpenLH robot automates biological exploration

Reading Time: 2 minutes OpenLH robot automates biological exploration Arduino Team — December 20th, 2018 If you’d like an easy way to accomplish repetitive biological experiments, the OpenLH presents a great option for automating these tasks.  The heart of the system is the Arduino Mega-controlled uArm Swift Pro robot, which is equipped with a custom end effector and syringe pump. […]