• Question: what are equipment you would regulary use?

    Asked by area1say on 8 Mar 2024.
    • Photo: Martin McCoustra

      Martin McCoustra answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      I used lots of computers and electronic instruments. But the most impressive things I use are my ultrahigh vacuum systems. These are large stainless steel systems with lots of flanges, bolt, pumps, valves to things to allow my to recreate the environment of space in my laboratories.

    • Photo: Hannah Scholes

      Hannah Scholes answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      I use computers a lot – almost all of the time! Other than that, it’s mainly microscopes, pipettes, and a couple of different analysers which can count all of the different types of cells in your blood. It uses a fluorescent dye to stain the cells and uses lasers to count them, which I think is pretty cool!

    • Photo: Michael C Macey

      Michael C Macey answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      99 % of the time my computer but in the lab I use a pipette the most – this lets me measure incredibly accurate amounts of material, which is essential for extracting DNA, setting up growth conditions for microbes and handling any chemicals.

    • Photo: Ravindu Ranaweera

      Ravindu Ranaweera answered on 8 Mar 2024: last edited 8 Mar 2024 8:37 pm

      I mainly use my computer and run simulations on a Mini Super Computer. I also use a Wind Tunnel and various sensors (Pressure Scanners, Hot Wire and seldom lasers). I also use 3D Printers and other prototyping equipment for models and Raspberry Pis for integrating sensors.

    • Photo: Isabelle Luk Hang

      Isabelle Luk Hang answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      I use my laptop as main instrument but what I mostly use tools in the cloud .
      Clouds is a network of servers that are connected to the internet and are used to store, process, and manage data .

    • Photo: Francesca Bartalini

      Francesca Bartalini answered on 10 Mar 2024:

      iMac , iPhone as devices and as softwares I use mostly Figma, Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Adobe Express, Fire Fly) Chat GPT, Slack, Git.

    • Photo: Sandra Robertson

      Sandra Robertson answered on 10 Mar 2024:

      For my role I would regularly use different types of mixing equipment for solutions. Magnetic stirrers and mixing stir bars, larger overhead mixers like oversized food mixers, and roller mixers for much smaller solutions which need to mix more gently.
      I use pipettes to make additions, and for testing the products once made, these include multi-channel pipettes where there are 8 tips at one time, and multipipettes which allow me to make the same volume of addition multiple times.
      I regularly us pH meters to make the solutions to set pH concentrations, and timers to control the mixing conditions of the solution so the chemicals added are fully dissolved.

    • Photo: Bruno Silvester Lopes

      Bruno Silvester Lopes answered on 13 Mar 2024:

      Computer, softwares, data. other than that I also have lab equipment which I use occasionally.

    • Photo: Abbie Young

      Abbie Young answered on 14 Mar 2024:

      We use lots of different equipment. One of the ones I use most days is an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine. This measures the electrics in the heart, so we can see how the heart is beating.

    • Photo: Tina-Jaine Haigh

      Tina-Jaine Haigh answered on 15 Mar 2024:

      As a nuclear safety engineer, my main peice of equipment is a computer. I use word for writing documents, excel for doing maths, and some specialist analysis software, including Risk Spectrum and Fault Tree Plus. Appart from that, I use a phone or video conference to talk to people. There can be a lot of talking.

    • Photo: Michael Schubert

      Michael Schubert answered on 15 Mar 2024:

      Nowadays, I mostly use computers and communication equipment (like microphones and cameras). When I did more work in the laboratory, though, I used a lot of equipment. Some examples are:
      – a thermocycler (which runs chemical reactions to help me detect and examine DNA)
      – an analytical ultracentrifuge (which measures changes in tiny particles dissolved in liquids)
      – a cryo-electron microscope (which lets me freeze DNA and look at the shapes it makes)

    • Photo: Hayley Pincott

      Hayley Pincott answered on 22 Mar 2024:

      My favourite task is microtomy. A microtome is piece of equipment that helps cuts really thin sections of human tissue, the sections are 4um. This is thinner than your hair!!!!! I’d work on a microtome every day, some days I’d be on one all day and other days it would just be for a few hours, it all depends on the workload and how many biopsies we’d have turn up to the lab.