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Archive for October, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Have a safe and fun holiday, hope not too many of you got washed out of the weekend’s festivities

BenchMark Scientific MyBath Mini Drybath with heated lid

BenchMark has made a great improvement on one of their products! They have taken their excellent MyBath Mini Drybath and added a heated lid to produce the MyBath HL.

MyBath HL

MyBath HL

The heated lid prevents evaporation & condensation, a problem with regular drybaths that tent to only heat the bottom of the vials. Depsite this effective feature the MyBath is still small enough to fit in the palm of your hand! Like its little brother, the MyBath HL is quick to heat up – obtaining a temperature of 37C in just 2 minutes, with a high temperature of 100C. The temperature is also adjustable to 0.1C giving you excellent control. The MyBath HL is perfect for  when temperature sensitivity is crucial such as in immunoassays, LAMP assays, enzyme reactions, and more

Two blocks are available for the MyBath HL, one holds 24 x 0.5ml centrifuge tubes while the other can hold either 40 x 0.2ml tubes or 5 PCR strips with 8 tubes each.

Like all BenchMark lab equipment, the power us provided by standard US current, while a European powered version is also available.


 

The Digasaurus Sandbox – The Best Sandbox Ever!

We’ve just added the Digasaurus Sandbox to our online product listing – and its a real winner! This specially designed sandbox combines the love of kids playing with sand with the thrill of discovery! Kids can ‘dig up’ and expose the fossils on the bottom of the sandbox!

The Digasaurs Sandbox measure an impressive 64″ L x 47″ x 11″ h so there is plenty of room for kids to play. The sandbox was designed by renowned sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz and features impressive and accurate fossil replicas at the bottom of the sandbox. Here is an image of the Digasaurus Sandbox without any sand.

The sandbox includes a downloadable 12 page color field manual with drawings and interesting facts so kids will learn about each dinosaur they uncover.

One of the best features of the Digasuarus Sandbox is that it is designed to look like a ntarual feature – a rock. Unlike other sandboxes that contrast and uglify a yeard, the Digasaurus Sandbox actually compliments the yard. Take a look at its appearance with its lid on and it you’ll see that it looks like a large (albeit oddly shaped)  landscape stone!

Despite its appearance, the Digasaurus Sandbox is not made of rock, but rather a durable and sturdy plastic. The sandbox is made with non-toxic LLPDE plastic, manufactured in the USA. Likewise, the Digasuarus Sandbox is also made in the USA. The total weight without sand is 40 lbs. Sand, of course, is not included.

The Digasaurus Sandbox is that it is so large that it must be shipped by freight. Shipping is free.
The Digasaurus is a great addition to any backyard and costs just $399.95!

A larger Super-Size Digasaurus is also available for schools, parks, and other facilities – this unit measures 90″ diameter. Contact us for pricing and availability.

Want to buy the Digasaurus Sandbox?

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Mercury Getting a Little Pockmarked!

Mercury is the innermost planet in our Solar System, and until recently it was mostly considered to be unchanging. Scientists having sent a couple of probes towards it conclided that there wasn’t much changing on its surface. That is, until the MESSENGER mission  started sending back images of the surface that showed some rather odd changes to Mercury’s surface:

These pock-marks, or hallows were found on Mercury’s surface and were as big as a mile across. The weren’t impact craters as they were not deep enough. While rockey planet surfaces are not uncommon in our Solar System (our own Moon and many of the outer planet’s moons).

The likely culprit would seem to be minerals brought to the surface by actual impacts – the dramaticly changing temperature of Mercury’s surface means some elements and chemicals might be ‘erupting’ in a chemical, rather than a geological volcano of sorts.

In any case, it sheds some interesting light on little Mercury. You can read more as the story develops on NASA’s webpage

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Magic Fish Bowl

We’ve recently added a nifty little desktop toy called the Magic Fish Bowl!

Magic Fish Bowl

Magic Fish Bowl

This is great little entertainment that fits easily on your desktop. Inside, two little artificial  fish bounce around the bowl, driven by forces unseen!

Of course, it isn’t magic that powers the fish, but magnets! Two ‘AA’ batteries (not included, by the way) manipulate magnets in the fake fish to cause them to move around!

The Magic Fish Bowl comes with the bowl, two fish, some beads for color, and the faux-rock base that holds the power system and batteries. You provide the water (distilled preferred).

So how about a video? Here’s a nice short one we took!

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Metal Marvels – You build them

Sorry we missed yesterday’s blog entry, but we were getting a lot of new stuff in stock, some of which is really cool. We are especially fond of the new Metal Marvels. These are models that come flat. You punch out the laser-cut pieces (or use a cutting tool if needed, and assemble them to make cool metal models. Each model is about 3-4″ tall or wide. Some examples of these kits are The Chrysler Building

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Or perhaps the Golden Gate Bridge

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More mundanely, but no less impressive are models like this Jet Plane

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Or the WW1 Classic Fokker DVII

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There are plenty of models to choose from and at just $7.99 each they make great little gifts or stocking stuffers! Pick some up today!

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MENTOS & SODA – The Rocket Car Edition

OK, so pretty much everyone who has been on the internet has had a chance to see the classic Geyser Tube in action – The tube drops the Mentos into the soda bottle, the surface collects the fizzy bubbles and soda come streaming out. Great times! But now there is great new product that takes advantage of this little trick: The Great Geysers Soda Geyser Car

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The idea is simple, since soda shoots out real fast when you drop Mentos into it, there should be some reaction to that action. I mean that’s just basic physics, yes? In this case the kit is assembled like a car, but is based around an empty soda bottle. You pour in the soda of your choice (this lets you try different ‘fuel’ experiments) drop in the Mentos and watch the car race off! It goes from 100-200 feet on a ‘charge’ of soda and Mentos. Detailed instructions explain how to assemble the car, how to run the basic car launch, and how to try different experiments with other sodas and such. In classic BeAmzing style the instructions are written for both kids and parents.

The Soda Geyser Car is a great little piece of equipment for Science Fairs to show how different setups can be done and tested. The instructions help out with that part as well!

So take the Mentos & Soda to the next level and have it move a toy car!

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