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April 17, 2013
ExpTimer is free, user-friendly timer software that can come in handy when you are running timed, multi-step protocols, e.g. behavioral experiments, histological stainings or any other (scientific) procedure consisting of a set of consecutive actions. It was written in Visual C# and can be found at http://sourceforge.net/projects/exptimer. You can easily upload your own protocol and ExpTimer will guide you through the different steps of your procedure. The program shows the progress and current stage of your protocol, what the next step will be and notifies you with a sound signal of when to take it. As such, ExpTimer facilitates your experiments by simplifying the execution of complex, multi-step procedures and by improving accuracy and replicability, particularly when time is an important factor.
April 14, 2013
This software contains detailed modelling of the single photon response, the quantum bump, of fly photoreceptors. All known components participating in the primary phototransduction process are taken into account, and estimates are given for both the physical and chemical parameters. Both deterministic and stochastic simulations of the photoinduced current are possible using the same software. The code was implemented in Matlab and stored at the Imperial College London repository. It includes a GUI which offers an easy access and manipulation of the input parameters and therefore allows for simulations for a vast number of interesting possibilities, such as various mutants, different ionic concentrations, etc. Explanations for all the equations and parameters used are given in ref..