Over at her blog, Prodigal Academic discusses an issue that may be every research lab's worst nightmare — equipment breakdown. "It is, in fact, something that keeps me up at night: that my really expensive workhorse instrument will break, effectively shutting my group down until I can scrape up the money to fix it," she says.

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