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Override autocorrect in Excel cells

As a microbial ecologist I often work with spreadsheets where I want to use the header “OTU” which means operational taxonomic unit. We use this acronym instead of saying species because the species concept for microbes is not very clear. Anyway, in Excel you can’t write “OTU” in a cell …

Transparency in PDF output from MS publisher

When using Microsoft Publisher you will likely want to export to PDF for circulation or printing. At this stage I found that all my transparent layers got spoilt and I found some tricky ways to work around it like printing to a PDF printer, but this is not very satisfactory.The …

3D design software

I know nothing about design but I often design make my own research equipment. I have been preparing to expand my experimental possibilities by using 3D printing: Make my experiments more reliable (quality of construction) Increase experimental throughput (replication) Share designs for my equipment so others can use and improve (open …