- The best recordings will always occur at 4:45pm especially on a Friday.
- You will never get good recording when there is an important deadline looming, when trying to prove a point to a supervisor or when important people come to visit the lab and want to see your setup in action.
- The moment you leave the lab your experiment will either go horribly wrong or extraordinarily right, depending on the proximity of either other lab members or 5pm on Friday. Refer also to points 1 and 2.
- The 4mm piece of wire you painstakingly cut and bent into the perfect hook will at some point get dropped on the floor, only to be found 6 months after you no longer have a use for it.
- The so called “textbook perfect” recording will always occur when there are no witnesses.
- You will only spill paraffin oil when you're wearing your best clothes.
- You will go days, weeks or even months on end without getting good recordings and then for absolutely no reason at all, you will go days, weeks or even months on end without a failure.
- Electrical noise, in a similar fashion, will come and go without reason. Although it seems to occur most often when it is the least convenient, particularly just after the application of a vital stimuli.
- When you require just one more result to complete an experimental series it will be the hardest result to attain or it will be the complete opposite finding to all the other experiments you have run.
- As soon as you have your setup fully optimised, the parameters of your project will change requiring a complete redesign.
By Karin Nordström
I am in Canberra for a few days learning how to talk to media, influence policy, and meeting gazillions of extremely talented, driven people from academia and industry. Extremely inspiring, but quite overwhelming too.
By Karin Nordström
Channel 10's children's show Scope just aired an episode on our research (ca. 4 minutes long, starting about 9 minutes into the episode). It would have been nice if the oscilloscope showed something else than noise, but other than that I think they did a very good job.
Check out this amazing paper from our collaboration with Paloma Gonzalez-Bellido's lab. Sam Fabian provides an excellent video abstract here, where he describes the amazing optics of robberflies.
By Marissa Holden
Before returning to the stresses of student life I decided to venture out to the secluded town, Clayton Bay. The town was extremely peaceful with a meek population of 240 people and beyond beautiful views. It was definitely the quiet getaway I needed before returning to the lab on Wednesday!
During the EEG training given by Frida Rångtell, we used a bit different species than we usually use in our lab. It was easier (but still took a while) to find a right spot for an electrode on the Malin's head than the exact cell within the flies brain:
The hoverfly vision group can be found at 2 locations: At Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and at Uppsala University in Sweden. To find out more about us and our research, browse through the pages.