Smartphones doubling up as laboratory equipment are increasingly in demand for convenience and portability. VibraTilt is a free smartphone app with a simple interface on both the iOS and Android operating systems that functions as both an accelerometer and a gyroscope. Leveraging on in-built sensors, the portable accelerometer bubble level can be used in labs to determine the tilt of surfaces.
GAN Ken-En Samuel
Smartphones have changed the convenience of everyday life and promises to facilitate core biomedical research analysis. To materialize this for research, we created DNA2App, a free standalone native Android and iOS mobile application that analyzes nucleic acid and amino acid sequences. Boasting a built-in database of more than 240 restriction sites and the amino acid codon table, the app allows sequences to be reverse complemented, translated in all 3 frames and searched for restriction sites, and their GC content and melting point can be calculated.
The effect of background music on learning and academic performance is highly relevant to the everyday lives of millions of students worldwide. To investigate this, we recruited 165 undergraduate students (71 males and 94 females, mean age of 21.87 years) to complete arithmetic, reading comprehension, and word memory tasks while exposed to familiar or unfamiliar, foreign or first language music, and no music. With the task scores as dependent variables, a significant main effect was observed for music familiarity but not for language.