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Lab Equipment's Long-time Champion

Posted December 13, 2011 8:26 AM

What is the most important instrument in the laboratory? R&D Magazine makes a strong case for a device that has been around for over 400 years — the optical or light microscope. This classic instrument is still the most dominant imaging device used in labs worldwide, with roughly 80% of researchers using some form of upright light microscope, accounting for $1.1 billion in spending. Even so, the development of smaller and cheaper microscopes (electron and scanning probe), could signal that the reign of the light microscope may be coming to an end.

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12/13/2011 11:16 AM

Interesting article, though I would have guessed the lab balance for weighing things would be more important.

I noticed that the article makes the classic mistake of saying Galileo invented the telescope. He did not. It was invented by a Dutchman named Lippershey.

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12/15/2011 4:22 AM

What about the stereo?

Makes dull work tolerable.

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