We focus mostly on tools that require only electrons and bits to move around, but this morning I read a fantastic story in my local paper about sharing lab equiment with scientists who need it elsewhere around the world.
Please check out the story in the Boston Globe:
Local group ships to Africa, Latin America
….With the help of a couple of like-minded graduate students, she enlisted dozens of science students to scour the labs and rescue unneeded microscopes, petri dishes, beakers, centrifuges, ovens, and vast numbers of test tubes. With them, the nonprofit organization she built, called Seeding Labs, has, over the last six years, equipped 22 science laboratories at universities in 13 Latin American and African countries….
Very neat project. Check out their site: http://www.seedinglabs.org/