Riley Drake

Riley Drake

National Speleological Society, Cave Exploration Society, Northeastern Cave Conservancy

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Published on Apr 18, 2022

all the small things

A remote science expedition requires a lot of preparation. It's a little bit like going to space, in the sense that we will only have what we bring with us. Like astronauts, we spend a lot of time ...

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Published on Apr 10, 2022

Wow! Thanks for your support!

We want to extend a warm thank you to everyone who has supported our campaign, whether by donating or promoting our work. With your support, we've achieved our fundraising goal! We couldn't have ...

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Published on Apr 07, 2022

What's it like to be a caver? (Caving with Emily TenCate)

Now for something special...Today we have an interview with Emily TenCate, one of the members of our field team this summer. Emily talks about her experiences with caving, cave science, and why sh...

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Published on Apr 16, 2022

V1 Rotor Testing

V1 Rotor TestingWe previously described what a Dremelfuge is and why we need to build one. We also explained how we designed the stand for the Dremel and the rotor. Today we’re testing the rotor. F...

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Published on Mar 17, 2022

Dremelfuge Rotor V1

We previously described what a Dremelfuge is and why we need to build one. We also explained how we designed the stand for the Dremel. Today we’re talking about the rotor.The rotor is the part of t...

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Published on Mar 28, 2022

The Importance of Karst

Today's lab note was written by Sierra Heimel, one of the members of our scientific and sampling team. Sierra is a graduate student in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Uni...

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Published on Mar 15, 2022

Dremelfuge Stand V1

For an explanation of what a dremelfuge is and why we need to build one, please see our previous lab note "How do you spin things fast in the backcountry?"After 34 hours of printing, 1 hour of part...

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Published on Feb 27, 2022

How do you spin things fast in the backcountry?

Most DNA extraction methods require spinning samples in tubes very fast. In a normal biology lab with power and benches we'd use a centrifuge, but if you've ever picked up a centrifuge (I haven't)...

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Soon! We still have to 3D-print the first rotor design.
Mar 15, 2022
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