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Lab-on-a-Chip (Update!)

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Happy belated Monday or, Tuesday, as the layman may call it. Sorry for missing yesterday, life got in the way, and I wasn’t able to get my post out. Please accept my deepest apologies. How about I make it up to you with a double whammy of fun internet links and updates on some cool new goings on in the world of science, technology and Frugal innovation?

Wham: The Economist – Emerging vs. Developed Economies

Bam: Plotting the Landscape of Digital Information

Daily Audiophile Advisory: Ellie Goulding - Burn

Remember last week when I said I would update everyone if there was any new news regarding Lap-on-a-Chip? Well, guess what, I have news!  

One of our resident mentors and professor of bioengineering, Dr. Ashley “Unyoung” Kim and her student Jessica VanderGiessen recently completed testing the Lab-on-a-Chip arsenic detector in the field.

They were able to collect 38 samples with varying degrees of arsenic contamination. Jessica will be working through the week to process all the data she collected, monitor the data flow from the senor to the app, and test its validity. She is planning on having a full report ready next Monday, July 29th at 9am. Our fingers are crossed!

Here are some pictures she took of her work in the field.   


Thanks again for reading, 


The Frugal Lab Team




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