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Portable-and-Handheld-Telescopes--All-You-Need-to-Know
Lab Basics
January 20, 2020

Portable and Handheld Telescopes: All You Need to Know

Telescopes have undergone significant transformations since the 17th century - or when the first refractor telescope was invented. Note that spectacle-maker Hans Lippershey was credited as the inventor of the telescope and Galileo Galilei as the scientist who pointed the telescope towards the skies. In 1668 Sir Isaac Newton created…
Magnifiers--All-You-Need-to-Know
Lab Basics
January 20, 2020

Magnifiers: All You Need to Know

Magnifiers are defined as instruments that enlarge the size of images. Interestingly, the phenomenon of magnification was highly valued in the ancient world. In Ancient Egypt and Rome, for instance, people used crystals and gemstones to view small objects or images; the magnifying glass was also used to ignite paper.…
Digital-Microscopes--A-Complete-Guide
Lab Basics
January 20, 2020

Digital Microscopes: A Complete Guide

From full-size units to pocket models, microscopes are complex tools that facilitate the analysis of small objects and structures across various settings, such as medicine, education, engineering, and manufacturing. Microscopes are based on the phenomenon of magnification, highly valued in the ancient world. Note that it was in the 13th…
Catadioptric-Telescopes-A-Complete-Guide
Lab Basics
January 20, 2020

Catadioptric Telescopes: A Complete Guide

While both reflecting and refracting models continued improving over the years, advancements in lens technology outside the field of telescopy led to the development of the catadioptric telescope - a combination of refracting (lenses) and reflecting (mirrors) optics. To provide an example, in 1820, physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel developed the prominent…
Binoculars
ConductPurchasing Guides
January 20, 2020

Binoculars: A Complete Guide

Binoculars are versatile tools that provide enlarged images of distant objects. Note that binoculars are made of two telescopes mounted on a single frame, which allows the use of both eyes. The design of binoculars has evolved significantly over the centuries. Although the phenomenon of magnification was highly valued in…
The-Life-Cycle-of-a-Grant
Grants and Funding
January 20, 2020

The Life Cycle of a Grant

The grant life cycle is an overview of an extensive and complicated process of research funding mechanism that involves everything in its entirety from proposal solicitation, application, and submission to administration. A grant life cycle is significant to comprehend otherwise complex research policies and procedures required to identify funding opportunities,…
Resubmitting-Application-for-a-Rejected-Grant
Grants and Funding
January 20, 2020

Resubmitting Application for a Rejected Grant

Writing a grant application is not an easy feat, but successfully qualifying for one is an even tall order. Professor Nicholas Graves from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) estimated grant success by surveying samples from several applicants. He calculated that writing grant applications took 38 person-days of work each, and given the…

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