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February 8, 2015 AT 2:00 am

Researchers use Lego bricks to handle insect specimens

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Researchers Steen Dupont, Benjamin Price and Vladimir Blagoderov use Lego bricks to create cheap and customizable insect manipulators.

We present a pinned insect manipulator (IMp) constructed of LEGO® building bricks with two axes of movement and two axes of rotation. In addition we present three variants of the IMp to emphasise the modular design, which facilitates resizing to meet the full range of pinned insect specimens, is fully customizable, collapsible, affordable and does not require specialist tools or knowledge to assemble.

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