• Question: whats your favourite part if your lab

    Asked by deed499hmm on 20 Jan 2024.
    • Photo: Martin McCoustra

      Martin McCoustra answered on 24 Jan 2024:

      The favourite things in my lab are the two machines that I designed and had built to do experiments and the fact that we recently got them working after a year-long shutdown!

    • Photo: Pam Harrison

      Pam Harrison answered on 24 Jan 2024:

      The part I like most are the robots that I am working with that will make my job (and many other scientists in the department too) much easier once they are working as they should.

    • Photo: Amit Vernekar

      Amit Vernekar answered on 25 Jan 2024:

      Working with my research students

    • Photo: David Bremner

      David Bremner answered on 25 Jan 2024:

      My lab is very small so my favourite bit would be my centrifuge which we use to spin blood samples to separate the red blood cell fraction from the plasma.

    • Photo: Alberto Granero

      Alberto Granero answered on 25 Jan 2024:

      My favorite part of a chemistry lab is the glove-box. A contained box used to keep things in a control environment, typically something small, hence the name “box”, but it can be a bag too!

      In the physics lab, my favorite part is the thermal dynamic mechanical analyser. A cool machine that helps understand how materials behave and change when they are cooled/heated or stretched/squeezed.

    • Photo: Cat Cowie

      Cat Cowie answered on 25 Jan 2024:

      As an ecologist, my ‘lab’ is the whole world, and I especially love working in habitats with lots of biodiversity and things to see, like ancient woodlands or meadows. But it’s also really exciting to see plants and wildlife thriving in more unexpected places like in cities!

    • Photo: Erin Pallott

      Erin Pallott answered on 25 Jan 2024:

      I like the vortex. If you put your finger on it, it makes your hand go brrrrrrrrrr.
      But more seriously, I like being able to teach undergraduate students and mentor them through a project.

    • Photo: John Clark-Corrigall

      John Clark-Corrigall answered on 25 Jan 2024:

      We have a number of machines in our lab but we have a big centrifuge called Spinderella and a little centrifuge I won in a competition called Spyndi Lauper. I also work with some brilliant people and they help make the job easier, especially when experiments go wrong.

    • Photo: Kirsty Ross

      Kirsty Ross answered on 26 Jan 2024:

      I don’t currently have a physical lab, but I study Wikipedia and her sister projects, so the internet is my lab!

    • Photo: Jessica Johansen

      Jessica Johansen answered on 26 Jan 2024:

      My favourite thing about the lab I work in is how easy it makes working with other people. The lab believes that the key to good science is bringing different people’s skills and knowledge together. But the robots are pretty cool too.

    • Photo: Adam Washington

      Adam Washington answered on 26 Jan 2024:

      My favourite part of our lab is the magnets on the LARMOR beamline. They spin around in this beautiful ballet every time we switch the instrument into SESANS mode (SESANS is a special instrument configuration that lets us measure much smaller scattering angles than anyone else).

      Of course, I’m also a bit biased, both because I did my thesis on SESANS magnets and because these magnets are the best of their kind in the world.

    • Photo: Georgia Lambert

      Georgia Lambert answered on 26 Jan 2024:

      My beetles that I am studying in the lab! It’s like having hundreds of cute pets

    • Photo: Lisa Humphreys

      Lisa Humphreys answered on 27 Jan 2024:

      I don’t have a lab of my own but I do have a list of some of my favourite instruments that I use to gather data to learn more about the behaviours of the materials I study.

      X-ray diffraction (XRD) – I use powder XRD and in the past have used single crystal XRD to identify the molecular structures of materials I’m researching.
      Thermal analysis instruments, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). DSC tells you about various phase changes (melts, polymorphic transitions, decomposition). TGA tells you about the mass loss or gain over time as you apply a temp ramp.

    • Photo: Margaret Laurie

      Margaret Laurie answered on 9 Feb 2024:

      I don’t have a lab! My research is very real-world based and my favourite thing to do is visit Brick Clubs and watch LEGO play in action.

    • Photo: Clara Ferreira

      Clara Ferreira answered on 15 Feb 2024:

      When I work in the lab, I just put my headphones on and enjoy the fact of being far away from people.
      This might be because I have ADHD and my social battery goes low, so the lab is where I recharge.