Yesterday, I got this message:
Subject: Free TEM?
We have an old (functional) Philips TEM 400 electron microscope that we’re going to send away for scrap metal. I’d love to keep it for student training but we don’t have the space. Before we send it away as scrap metal I just thought I’d ask if you were interested in having it for the Biotech teaching lab?
If you’re wondering, the TEM 400 weighs a little over a ton, and looks a little like this:
I’ve jokingly tweeted about putting it in my kitchen, but in case I can’t use it (which seems quite likely given its size), it seems an awful shame to throw it away.
Leave a comment if you have any leads on where it might go. It’ll also help if the idea you have is near Vancouver, since it’s apparently not cheap to transport. I think there are a few other leads but, just in case, t doesn’t hurt to take some suggestions.
Hmmm, maybe 1st prize for a writing contest at the Science Creative Quarterly?