Category: @MBL

A Bright Idea Matures: Grass Lab Celebrates 65th year

A Bright Idea Matures: Grass Lab Celebrates 65th year

By Raleigh McElvery

What happens when scientific philanthropy meets the brains behind discovery? The Grass Laboratory is born, representing a fruitful cooperation between the Grass Foundation and the Marine Biological Laboratory to train budding neuroscientists.

Embryology course ’16: Magic will happen | The Node

Embryology course '16: Magic will happen | The Node

By Joaquín Navajas Acedo, Aleisha Symon, & Tsai-Ming Lu

We write this while we finish the last experiments for the final Show n’ Tell on Saturday full of reluctance to finish this course. Samples fly all over the lab; solutions are changed and something blue boils somewhere in the room.

Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig brings his light sheet to MBL

Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig brings his light sheet to MBL

By Diana Kenney and Raleigh McElvery Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig was back at the MBL in June with one of his latest innovations in microscopy. Betzig and his group members, Wesley Legant and Ved Singh of HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus, installed the lattice light sheet microscope Betzig designed in the Physiology course, where it was

Continue reading

Lab Schools student adds to ocean genome repository

Lab Schools student adds to ocean genome repository

By Raleigh McElvery

Grace Anderson just made her first contributions to biodiversity science. Anderson, a student at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, spent the month of May at the MBL working alongside David Remsen, manager of the MBL Marine Resources Department. Sampling from the ocean on the MBL’s collecting boat, the Gemma, and foraging […]

Tracking fish migration in a thawing Arctic landscape

Tracking fish migration in a thawing Arctic landscape

Here’s a photographic update from Heidi Golden of the FishScape Team, which is studying the movement of Arctic grayling populations throughout the northern Alaskan landscape. The team is tracking several genetically distinct grayling populations, and is interested in the fishes’ performance in watersheds that differ in temperature, aquatic connectivity, and sensitivity to climate change. The

Continue reading

Science journalists take research crash course at MBL

Science journalists take research crash course at MBL

Twelve intrepid science journalists spent 10 days this spring delving into biological or environmental research at the MBL, under the guidance of scientists. The journalists were 2016 recipients of fellowships from the MBL Logan Science Journalism Program, now entering its 31st year. In the spirit of the MBL’s “learning by discovery” model, the journalists learned

Continue reading

Happy 176th birthday, Ernst!

Happy 176th birthday, Ernst!

By Jim McIlvain

A group of MBL researchers gathered recently to celebrate the birthday of Ernst Abbe (1840 – 1905), the physicist credited with discovering the resolution limit of the light microscope. Abbe published the formula (known as Abbe’s diffraction limit, and inscribed here on the birthday cake) in 1873, while he was research director at Zeiss Optical Works in Jena, Germany.