Animal Research Facilities Save Water, Save Money, and Do Better Research

Animal research facilities go through a lot of water. From cage washing to steam sterilization, their water consumption is higher than most laboratories. And that’s not bad—as anyone who has set foot in an animal lab knows, cage washing and waste sterilization are not corners we want to cut. The good news for animal research … Continue reading “Animal Research Facilities Save Water, Save Money, and Do Better Research”

Choose Your Lab Equipment with Conscience Intact

For a quarter of a century you’ve been able to buy a kitchen fan that the EPA and Department of Energy have verified is efficient, even though 45% of the people who own them hardly use them.  Meanwhile, the average autoclave wastes almost an Olympic swimming pool’s worth of water each year, and no one … Continue reading “Choose Your Lab Equipment with Conscience Intact”

Fighting the Spread of African Swine Fever — Without Creating New Crises

African swine fever is a disease without cure or treatment that has a 90% mortality rate in pigs.  It’s currently affecting parts of Africa, Eastern Europe, and Western Asia, killing off backyard livestock that people rely on for food and trade. UC Davis Finds Solutions to African Swine Fever Esther Kukielka, a graduate student at … Continue reading “Fighting the Spread of African Swine Fever — Without Creating New Crises”

ERMAHGERD! Your autoclave is trashing your budget!

In a 2017 interview with the Campus Energy and Sustainability Podcast My Green Lab executive director Allison Paradise noted that up to 50 percent of a lab’s funding is sucked up by utility and maintenance costs.  Autoclaves are a non-negligible contributor to these expenses.  For example, on average, a single college campus autoclave uses as … Continue reading “ERMAHGERD! Your autoclave is trashing your budget!”

Prosthetic Life Cycle Testing Made Easier is Better

The deeper into the body surgeons and engineers must go to install prosthetics, the more crucial it is that installation must go right the first time and that device remain reliable over the long haul. To avoid surgical do-overs, prosthetics must be rigorously tested and meticulously placed. One thing we learned from talking to research labs … Continue reading “Prosthetic Life Cycle Testing Made Easier is Better”