Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Like Us on Facebook

Technabob is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Disclosure.

LEGO Pinned Insect Specimen Manipulator: Entomolego

 |  |  |  |  |  February 10, 2015


Insect specimens are usually pinned when stored or exhibited. When these pinned insects need to be examined or documented, a pinned specimen manipulator is used so that the insect can be moved around without removing it from the pin. Researchers from the Natural History Museum in London recently published a paper claiming that manipulators made with LEGO are good enough for professional use.

lego_pinned_insect_manipulator_by_natural_history_museum_london_1

The image above shows the four LEGO pinned insect manipulators (IMp) built by Steen Dupont, Benjamin Price and Vladimir Blagoderov of the NHM. Why bother with LEGO? The researchers say that commercial examples only come in standard sizes, while other DIY solutions are made of materials that are not readily available.

lego_pinned_insect_manipulator_by_natural_history_museum_london_2

The researchers were very happy with their results, concluding that the IMp “are a valuable addition to any entomologist’s toolbox” because they’re affordable, easy to assemble and disassemble and most of all modular and expandable. Get a copy of their paper on Pensoft to find out more about their study.

[via The Brothers Brick]



Unneccessary Cleaning Contraptions

Unneccessary Cleaning Contraptions

McFarlane Toys The Princess Bride Action Figures

McFarlane Toys The Princess Bride Action Figures

Innertube Coin Flatty Wallet

Innertube Coin Flatty Wallet

2021 Nissan GT-R T-Spec Will Come to the US

2021 Nissan GT-R T-Spec Will Come to the US

Pre-production Ford F-150 Lightning Trucks Rolling Off the Assembly Line

Pre-production Ford F-150 Lightning Trucks Rolling Off the Assembly Line

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Surfaces in Order Database

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor Surfaces in Order Database

Advertisement