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The right working bench at the OLGA. Most of our chemicals are standing there and the usual equipment like pipettes, bunsenburner and 70% ethanol are placed here. This is the place where our biohacker experiment with geneticly modified organism (GMO) at biosafety level 1.

Welcome to realraum, the open hacker-, makerspce and DIY bioLab in Graz, Austria :-D

Come in and make your projects real. If you need help, ask our friendly members for advice. Look at this pretty face ;-)

Elektret im Selbstbau (statisch aufgeladener Isolater). Man nehme eine selbstbau Villard Kaskade, 50kV und Parafinwachs das im E-Feld aushärtet. Voila, permament gespeichertes elektrostatisches Feld.

A whole week full of slime mold pictures :-D We end this nerdy obsession of that funny biohacker "pet" with a picture of a young plasmodium under an oldschool microscope (10x).

Wer für die letzte Chance auf ein Ticket am 2019-06-18 10:00 CEST noch einen Voucher braucht, möge sich kurz bei uns melden. (höhere Chance via Mastodon)

Tickets sind vorerst aus. Aus wollten 47 Hacker der Chaosfamilie zum Camp. GERADE NOCH ist es sich ausgegangen, dank viel Arbeit und Disziplin aller Beteiligten, tatsächlich für alle Tickets zu bekommen! *glad & happy* 😅

Slime molds can be storaged by bringing a well grown plasmodium into the dormant stage of a "sclerotia". When it is done carefully on filter sheets (like on this picture) the sclerotia becomes orange, can be stored for a long time and shared with friends or other biohacker :-)

Slightly impressed that I can talk to an sensor using over this way-tooo-long cable in that setup.

The whole things is to test the firmware for our planned dew point controlled cellar ventilation system.

In hackerspaces slime molds, like Physarum polycephalum, are quite popular because it's easy to use and you can do a lot of experiments with it.

here we wanted to try out if the slime mold would use a brigde of wet filter paper to get from the left agar to the right one :-D

Slime mold (Physarum polycephalum) growing towards a wet filter sheet.

Going into the biolab and getting a wonderful picture of a slime mold, growing like that on oak flakes and seeing that yellow plasmodium heading in one direction, is a great way to start a week. have fun :-D

Our new shelf is stable, sturdy cozy and contains not artificial intelligence.

The OLGA people finished the update of the strain collection. All the bacteria, used in the lab, are now frozen in freshly made glycerol stocks, which can be stored for the long term.

Here we tried out another technique, dry storage via lyophilisation. Expectations are high :-)

Meme time :-D
In the bio-/ hackerspace you can come in and use the tools and equipment from r3 for your projects. Sometimes we have to remember what people forgets after using hammer, pipettes and co :-P

The Master of Microscopy, Sanchez, showed us a rushing stream of bacteria under the microscop. This little rod-shaped something are E. coli, in this care an unharmful lab strain (DH5alpha), which is visualised very nice with an orange light filter.

Bacteriophages, viruses that attack only bacteria, were a potential tool for microbiologist and early molecular biologist researcher in the last century. Since they are known for about 100 years, also called, Phages get their comeback for fighting antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Microbiology is all about tiny things, but we were not prepared for these tiny glas (agar) plates. o.O

Look at them, so cute! :-)))

Another chemical experiment done at the OLGA, the synthesis of Fluorescein. As the name suggests it is a fluorescentive dye and it looks so awesome under the UV light. Maybe we can dye some bacteria or fungi with that? Lets try it out!

Some curous people came to the OLGA wanted to synthesize Phenolphthalein by multible chemicale reactions. the typical pink colour in a basic solution is a proof for their success. well done! :-D

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