Mike May, PhD, Author Profile

Mike May Bio PictureMike May, PhD, is an Ohio-based freelance writer and editor for science and technology. He earned a PhD in neurobiology from Cornell University. His resume includes hundreds of articles and many editing projects, including Scientific American Worldview.

Recent Articles

Product Focus: Pipettes

Product Focus: Pipettes

December 9, 2014

In my days in the lab, a pipette seemed about as impersonal as a lab tool could get. Today’s world of scienti...
Product Focus: Chillers

Product Focus: Chillers

December 9, 2014

Many labs use chillers to control the cooling needed for some processes. To make the device work, a chiller uses a ...
Automating Your Lab

Automating Your Lab

December 4, 2014

The concept of lab automation sounds almost magical, as if a sophisticated machine here or there makes a lab run by...
Product Focus: UV-VIS Spectroscopy

Product Focus: UV-VIS Spectroscopy

October 9, 2014

Spectroscopy can cover a range of wavelengths, and this article focuses on the ultraviolet (UV) and visible (Vis) s...
Vacuum Pumps: Advanced Features

Vacuum Pumps: Advanced Features

October 9, 2014

Scientists developed vacuum pumps—and their cousins—centuries ago. Until relatively recently, though, t...
Product Focus: Lab Ovens

Product Focus: Lab Ovens

September 11, 2014

Nearly every lab or production facility of any sort needs an oven. Moreover, those ovens get used in a wide range o...
Product Focus: Casework

Product Focus: Casework

September 11, 2014

More than just surfaces and storage, today’s laboratory casework makes a statement. For one thing, the right ...
Making Data Meaningful

Making Data Meaningful

September 4, 2014

A search of Google Trends for “big data” in news headlines reveals almost no interest until 2011, and t...
Product Focus: pH Meters

Product Focus: pH Meters

July 10, 2014

The frequency of measuring might be one of the biggest trends in pH meters. “It used to be an occasional meas...
Fieldworthy Instrumentation

Fieldworthy Instrumentation

July 3, 2014

A forensics investigator dusts a crime scene for fingerprints. When she finds one, she reaches to her holster, pull...
Product Focus: Microplate Readers

Product Focus: Microplate Readers

May 5, 2014

Life scientists started using microplates in the 1950s, with some of the first ones literally machined from solid b...