Scientific advances depend not only on novel ideas and conceptual leaps, but also to a large extent on technological advances. Most scientists use some form of technology in their daily research, whether it be running a PCR in the lab, measuring oxygen concentration in a tank, or using remote sensing to track vast bird migrations.
Technological developments in biology draw on a wide range of expertise in engineering, physics, chemistry, computer science, and management. An integral part of new technological discoveries is the partnership between scientists and those working in bioelectronics.
Love is in the air. This low-cost Automated Spore Collector (ASC) is capable of sampling 0.28 m3 of air per min with a motor speed of 1800 rpm. Photo courtesy of Nosrat Mirzai.
Science in Motion. The spinning motion pulls air in from both above and below the device, trapping any airborne spores from organisms such as lichens in a thin layer of petroleum jelly that coats the front most face of the sampling arms. Photo courtesy of Nosrat Mirzai